What Double Portion Should I Ask For?
I was awakened with a keen sense of a visitation in the room. God was near and I could feel His presence. He spoke to me and said, "Ask Me for the double portion and I will give it."
I began to sit quietly, and of course all sorts of things began to come into my mind. I first asked for a double portion of holiness and wisdom. Then I felt this was not what He was saying. I waited, then waited some more for a couple of days, and He spoke again, "Ask Me for a double portion and I will give it."
Remembering a double portion was in the Word, I received this:
2 Kings 2:9 (NIV) When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
In my own thoughts, I was able to recognize this: Elijah was a man of great power. The glory of God rested upon him, and he did many exploits with God to allow God's presence to be seen before the people. Elijah was a man who surrendered to God and was His vessel. Something shifted in me as I read this Scripture. Elijah knew God's voice, His presence and His actions. He experienced the anointing and the glory (the manifested presence of God). Elisha wanted that too.
Then my husband Robert began his daily devotion and read aloud to me this Scripture, and I had my answer:
Matthew 16:15-19 (KJV) He saith unto them, "But whom say ye that I am?" And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in Heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven..."
I knew God was showing me something revelatory and extremely important for the Church, which will ultimately help us win more of the lost. Peter was asked, "Who do you say I am?" He answers, "You are the Christ..." (meaning Anointed One). Jesus tells him that it's by God you know this (revelation). Two vital elements are very present at the same time: revelation and anointing!
When we receive a true revelation, it becomes foundational – the rock; hence, "Upon this rock I will build My Church." Revelation is also the glory of God manifested to man (what has been revealed), so this element of the Scripture may very well have described that the glory was present. In the glory there is perfect rest (Jesus confirmed Peter, which brings encouragement and rest).
What was happening here was Jesus was in a "tabernacle moment" with Peter, who had entered a place of rest and comfort because Jesus was there with him. We know the Feast of Tabernacles is important, BUT so is it to tabernacle with Jesus. In His presence = manifested presence with ease and comfort. Jesus comforts and admonishes Peter by saying that no man can show you this but God Himself (paraphrased).
The Double Portion: The Glory and the Anointing
Then I received the revelation of the "double portion." When Jesus asked me to ask Him for a "double portion," the first task was to let Him know I know who He is. That can only come through revelation – God's revelation (present moment of God's illumination). Revelation is the presence of God, which equals a realm of glory. In this realm of glory we obtain life-changing characteristics of God to be displayed THROUGH US, IN HIM. Our objective is always to change.
But this goes further... Peter says, "You are the Christ," meaning the Anointed One. This became to me the most powerful revelation. Jesus is God, which equals glory of the manifested presence from Heaven's realm. He is the Anointed One from God, which equals Sent (to deliver man from sin and become heirs of the Kingdom).
Then I became aware of this "double portion" He was giving, and I want to extend it also to you. The glory realm is the place where eternity and earth meet to disclose the ultimate purpose of God, granting the peace of His presence plus knowledge of the purpose and mind of Christ, changing us into His image (this is the secret place, see Psalm 91).
The anointing is given to destroy yokes. Plus, He is in essence granting permission to man to join into the fellowship of His works. As the anointing moves in, we reciprocate by the act of agreement, resulting in physical action. So, as I began to seek Him on this "double portion," I recognized that we NEED the glory (revealed presence) and we need the anointing (manifesting presence)!
What to Ask For
In the glory (presence) there is rest, ease and comfort. In the anointing the flesh is moving to do exploits with God for the purpose of engaging mankind to a closer, more fulfilled and healthier walk with God.
In Psalm 61 (especially verses 1-3) we see this happening in the forerunning prayer by David: "Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock (revelation foundation) that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe" (the gates of Hades will not prevail...) yet the whole Psalm is of glory and promise, the same promise Jesus gave Peter.
To define the "double portion" is to recognize what is it He is wanting to have man ask for. What is He willing to give as a double portion? What is on His mind? All these questions ran through me and still do. This is the "double portion" I felt we could ask of Him and He will give it.
Show me Your glory, O Lord, that I may have revelation to obtain rest. My first part of the DOUBLE PORTION is to rest in Him, being a footstool of our God. This will give me His presence that I may KNOW Him and believe. The Lord showed Moses His glory, which is His revealed goodness (Exodus 33:18-19). Peter had revelation about the glory of God, which was Jesus was WITH him (Matthew 16:15-19). Elisha entered the glory when Elijah's mantle fell to the ground. But first he knew Elijah, and Elijah KNEW GOD!
The second part of the "double portion" is the anointing. The anointing is the presence of Holy Spirit to fill and cover man (He is in you and He comes upon you) and use his flesh to do the works of the present needs of the Father. This part is most observed by the Church and by the unchurched. In the anointing is the observance that man is operating WITH God.
It's in the anointing we can do exploits, we can pray for hours, we can sing and dance for hours; or we can cast out devils, we can raise the dead. He tabernacles with us to do that for mankind, present in Holy Spirit-form to grant mankind grace and hope, goodness and mercy, and most of all, salvation. We can get tired, but in the realms of glory we find rest so we may obtain STRENGTH to endure the anointing, for God's power must be endured to fulfill the needs of God at any given moment.
Elisha grabbed what he knew in secret and ran to the water, tried it out and obtained the presence. Glory to God! So can we! He then moved in the anointing.
Prayer for the Double Portion
Dear Jesus, I ask for a double portion for myself and for this reader. I ask for You to show us Your Glory, teach us to rest in it and get to KNOW You. I ask You to grant us wisdom and grace to sit and live in You.
Let Your presence give us revelation upon revelation in Your Holy Writ and by Your Spirit. Grant us, Your servants, O Lord, to recognize (discern) what it is in the present moment that You want us to cooperate with You to accomplish.
We need this double portion of Jesus, Son of God. We need to build that secret place of habitation and take it outside to the world. The earth is longing for us. Preserve us in Your realms of glory and anoint us in Your Spirit to win the lost, set them free and deliver man from the tricks of Your enemies. Help us teach them to be inheritors of Your Kingdom. I pray that we change our focus from what we think to what it is You are doing.
I ask now for the "double portion" glory and anointing to walk with us, to keep us, to preserve us and to change us into Your image each and every day.
In Jesus' name, amen.
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