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Elijah and Elisha | Teamwork and Mentorship In Faith

Every great athlete needs great teammates and great coaches, and every great coach needs a great assistant coach. Great people have great people around them, pushing them, pulling them, and running next to them when needed.


If you are struggling, make sure you have the right people around you, and if you are doing well, look around and thank and show appreciation for the people around you.


James wrote in James 5:13-18:


“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”

We all need people around us whom we can pray for and who can pray for us, who we can sing praises for, and who we can confide in.


The stories of Elijah and Elisha found in 1 and 2 Kings, offer a powerful testament to the power of teamwork and faith. Elijah was a fiery prophet who boldly confronted evil, even causing a 3.5-year drought because King Ahab worshipped false gods. Elisha, his successor, displayed a gentler touch by working miracles of compassion and restoration.


They had different skills, styles, and personalities, but they were equally and fully devoted to God. Elijah stood against the worship of false idols and went to the king to call for a return to the one true God. When Elijah went to heaven, Elisha, asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit so he could use his gifts to help the poor, the sick, and the grieving.


Their bond is a positive example of mentorship. Elijah recognized Elisha's potential and took him under his wing. Elisha, in turn, remained steadfast by Elijah's side until the very end, demonstrating unwavering loyalty.


You don’t have to walk through the storms of life alone. Pray for strong teammates who are willing to walk through them with you.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1. How can we, like Elijah, stand up for what is right, even when it's difficult?

2. How can we, like Elisha, show God's love and compassion to those in need?

3. Who are the mentors in our lives, and how can we emulate their faithfulness?


My prayer:


Dear God, thank you for the examples of Elijah and Elisha. Grant me the courage to be faithful in my own unique ways, to stand for what is right, and to show your love to the world around me. Amen.


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