Summary: Sometimes we limit God. We ask, we receive! Ask for a double portion anointing. Why wouldnt God Give it? Ask today!
Want a Double Portion Of Anointing?
Nine manifestation gifts are listed in I Corinthians 12:7–11:
*Word of wisdom.
*Word of knowledge.
*Gifts of healing.
*Working of miracles.
*Discerning of spirits.
*Divers kinds of tongues.
*Interpretation of tongues.
WE CAN HAVE A DOUBLE PORTION OF ANY OF THESE IF WE SIMPLY ASK:
And Elijah asked Elisha, “tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” And, Elisha responded, “please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.”
Now, this is a passage that is seldom invoked in progressive, post-enlightenment, or mainstream churches. US Pentecostals are more at home with those bold and life-transforming biblical passages. But, perhaps we’re missing something when we ask for less than what we need from God, ourselves, and the communities of which we are a part. Perhaps, we are settling for less when we act as if the wellspring of possibility and the energy of love are not on our side or are unable to work in our lives and in partnership with our creativity do great things for our world and ourselves.
Today’s scriptures speak of a transfigured world. Jesus goes to the mountaintop and is bathed in divine energy and light—this is truly a “theophany,” an encounter in which God shows up in a majestic way and our lives are, from that moment on, utterly transformed. Now the passage describes this mystical experience in the briefest of terms. Listen again to Mark’s vision of the Transfiguration: What could these words possibly mean?
And he was transfigured before them and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.Can you imagine the scene? If you were one of the disciples, how might you describe such an event?
Now Elijah is faced with a similar life-transfiguring experience. With his mentor and teacher about to leave him for another plane of existence, Elisha boldly requests, “Give me a double portion of your spirit.” Perhaps, Elisha is asking to share in the power of his mentor—the power to change lives and heal the sick; the power we describe in terms of “miracles,” energetic acts of God that transform minds, bodies, spirits, and communities.
“Give me a double portion of your spirit.” That’s a bold request. That’s assertive. That’s chutzpah. And we ask ourselves, “should we so bold with God and one another? Aren’t we crossing a line when we ask for what we really need, when we ask for something big and wonderful and life-changing? And, when we ask for a double portion of energy, love, or creativity?”
But perhaps Elisha is right. He knows he’ll never get another moment like this, so why not take a chance? Perhaps, the story of Elisha tells us that we can’t afford to think small today. We must ask for something big and then work our hardest to bring it about. Even though ecological and economic—even physical health—limits oppress us; we need to imagine greatness and then live into the greatness we imagine for ourselves and the world.