Editor’s note: This article is a section from Andrey’s book Come With Me Into His Presence.
When Elisha asks, “Please, give me a double portion of your spirit,” Elijah knew that God’s hand was upon his young follower’s life. From the time Elijah called him to follow him; Elisha proved his faithfulness and obedience. He was special, always nearby and ready to serve. The two ate together, prayed together, walked together, and trained others in the ways of the Lord. Elijah became a spiritual father to this man. And now the time had come for Elijah to leave this world.
“You have asked a hard thing, nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” Here we understand that the request depended on Elisha’s presence. What else could this old prophet say to the next generation who would be the servant of the Lord God of Israel? He modeled a godly lifestyle before Elisha’s eyes and now it was up to this spiritual son to stay with Elijah till the end and receive a double portion of God’s anointing.
In the modern day Body of Messiah the number one need is for fathers and mothers of faith who are full of grace and walk in truth, and reflect the very character of Yeshua. The Lord wants to enrich His Body with such people.
I love to spend time with those who have walked with the Lord for decades and remained faithful to Him. The peace of God, confidence in the future and love of Messiah can be felt when you are around them. They always look you straight in the eyes and you can sense the warmth of the Heavenly Father.
God wants us to grow into mature and stable people of God. Today, God is raising up future fathers and mothers in the faith who will operate in the spirit and power of Elijah. They will walk in the power of God and minister in prophetic revelation. These people will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. They will prepare the Church for Yeshua’s coming as the Bridegroom, King, and Judge.