Reading: 2 Kings 2: 1-2 and 6-14
In many of our relationships we feel as if we can ask for things at times. As our relationship deepens, we feel that the level of our request can rise. For the best of friends, one will often do whatever they can for the other.
Elijah has mentored Elisha and the time for Elijah to pass on has come. Elisha has been prepared to take on the role of prophet of Israel. The bond and relationship the two have developed is deep. In response to Elijah’s “any last requests” question, Elisha asks for a double portion of his spirit. It is much to ask for. It is also something Elijah himself cannot give or grant. But the request is not out of bounds. He is asking to be blessed in what he has been prepared for.
From time to time we may request something of a close friend or maybe from a parent or spouse. And sometimes the request is something they cannot grant or is something beyond their control. Oh they wish they could but it is something beyond them. At times we are on the receiving end of such a request.
In these cases all we can do is to turn it over to God in prayer. We must recognize our limited ability to fulfill the request and allow it to be turned over to God. God is good and desires to provide for us. May we, like Elijah, trust in His goodness and go in assurance as we petition our Lord.