REMOVAL OF OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS!

REMOVAL OF OBSTACLES TO PROGRESS!

Introduction

Elisha was an ordinary farmer. A commoner. God must have seen something in him to nominate him to be a replacement for a very successful Elijah.

However, in order to fulfill this purpose, there are some obstacles he had to confront and deal with – directly or indirectly, knowingly or subtly!

TEXT: I Kings 19: 16-21, 2:1-25

1Ki 19:16  And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be a prophet in thy room.

1Ki 19:19  So he departed thence and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yokes of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

1Ki 19:20  And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

1Ki 19:21  And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

2Ki 2:1  And it came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2Ki 2:2  And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

2Ki 2:3  And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2Ki 2:4  And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

2Ki 2:5  And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2Ki 2:6  And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

2Ki 2:7  And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

2Ki 2:8  And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither so that they two went over on dry ground.

FATHER, IN THE NAME OF JESUS……

1Ki 19:16  And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be a prophet in thy room.

1Ki 19:19  So he departed thence and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yokes of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

  1. Lord, Thank you because my season of change will not pass me by.

  2. Daddy, give me the grace to excel in this season of the turnaround.

  3. Make me a worthy successor to great things.

  4. Open a door for me and my family in the zone of great people.

  5. Every obstacle that what to keep me behind the scene – remove Lord!

  6. Every law in my family or background that does not want my generation to break ALL imposed limits, Lord terminate such laws.

  7. Every covering that has continued to make me invisible, cast it away.

  8. Whenever you need people for great accomplishments, find me and use me.

  9. I pray that my “Head” and my “life” will not reject your mantle.

  10. Every spiritual allergy and adverse reaction to a godly and divine promotion, deliver us from them.

1Ki 19:20  And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

1Ki 19:21  And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

  1. Please let my reaction to news of Joy be positive.

  2. Every negative attachment to my friends and family that will make me ignore your call and lose a glorious future, deliver me.

  3. Help me to set my priorities right.

  4. Grant me the commitment to say and mean, “I will follow you”

  5. Give me the grace to burn my past and move forward.

2Ki 2:1  And it came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2Ki 2:2  And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

  1. Every “Prince of Persia” delaying the arrival of the results of my heart cry all these years and weeks, remove them.

  2. This is the season, This is the time, Implement it, Lord!

  3. In the name of Jesus, I will not be naïve or gullible when my season has arrived.

  4. Please give me a sense of awareness of my seasons.

  5. Lord, Let me know, “when it is here” so I can be ready.

  6. Grant me the grace to be ready.

  7. Every obstacle of ill – preparation, Lord! remove now – Oh Lord.

  8. Lord, Let the gift of discernment work in my life.

  9. Let me see what I need to see. Remove every vision killer in my life.

  10. Let me be sensitive to know what to agree to and what to disagree.

  11. When it’s the time to wait and stay. I will not leave.

  12. Every form of foolishness that makes me not to follow up on the opportunity, reverse that trait and tendency.

  13. Every form of Laziness and sloughtfulness, that makes me not to follow up on the opportunity, reverse that trait and tendency.

  14. Going to Bethel was the start of Elisha’s ministry, he did not waste it, Lord all the first opportunities that I have waste, give me another chance! Lord give me another chance.

  15. Bethel is a place of encounter, every excess luggage that I am carrying or trying to carry that will make me miss the “priestly” encounter, I drop it now in Jesus Name.

2Ki 2:3  And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

  1. Keep me far away from people who don’t know my vision and are not interested in it.

  2. Deliver me from Hangers-on who are parasitic.

  3. I reject the spirit of a local champion. I want to be a godly champion of a generation for Christ.

  4. The tendency to go halfway and not get “there” in my life, I command to be terminated in Jesus Name.

  5. They are everywhere, they may even mean well but they hinder progress – Please show them to me.

  6. Help me to remain grounded for the rest of my life irrespective of my level of breakthroughs.

  7. The fact that they “know” does not mean they will help, Be my helper for the rest of my life.

  8. Every offer that is given to me that will cause pain and regrets in the future, give me the grace to decipher and reject it.

  9. I receive power to speak right in rejecting every offer that is not in line with your will.

  10. Every plan by the devil to distract me now that I have finally gotten it right, I command it to “ hold its peace”

2Ki 2:4  And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

  1. Help me Lord to progress to the next level!

  2. Jericho is a place of warfare, give me fresh unction to “war” and win.

  3. For every progress I make, Let me be consistent.

  4. All forms of inconsistency in my planning, execution, Lord remove!

  5. The power that makes people give up without getting their blessing, remove it from my life!

FOR IN JESUS NAME, WE HAVE PRAYED. AMEN.

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