What an amazing experience for Elisha (the one walking with Elijah). As Elijah’s “attendant,” he stayed really close to Elijah, gleaning from him. Elisha was determined to stay close. After Elijah parted the waters of the Jordan River with his anointed cloak, the two of them walked across.
Elijah asked Elisha what he wanted before Elijah’s exciting exit to heaven. Elisha made a bold request: “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.” (vs. 9) Elijah told him, “You have asked a difficult thing.” But he told Elisha that if he saw him when he, Elijah, was taken, the double portion would be given. If he didn’t see him depart, he wouldn’t receive the portion.
Then comes the exciting departure – a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. The next three words in verse 12: “Elisha saw this….” Bingo, he knew he had received the bold request. The next few verses of chapter 2 and the next 11 chapters tell some fascinating stories about Elisha, evidence of that double portion. They are stories about God’s attention and power that are too good to miss.
Double portion. Bold requests. What are your bold requests? What are my bold requests? I’ve had a few and God has been faithful. It has mostly been in intercession. But I know God has more to grant – for me and for others. Boldness is what it takes. The early disciples met and asked for boldness to speak God’s word. He answered! I believe that when we ask boldly for the sake of the Kingdom, God is more than pleased to answer with a big YES! We have to be serious about it and determined. Elijah couldn’t shake Elisha. He was determined and bold. So be it!