Mantle of the Father's FavourAs prophetic people, we are often drawn to the story of Elijah’s mantle.

Elijah’s mantle was more than the regular cloak that he wore. It represented his appointment as a Prophet of God. When he threw it over Elisha it was a prophetic act, declaring that the mantle—and the office of the Prophet it represented—was destined to be Elisha’s in the future. (1 Kings 19:19)

What is a Mantle?

A ‘mantle’ is a Scriptural metaphor (symbol) for a calling, ministry, anointing and—when applicable—office, given to individuals by God.

How to Receive God’s Destined Mantle for Your Life

Following are some significant lessons about receiving your God-ordained mantle, from the stories of Joseph and Elisha [1]:

1. Understand God Determines Your Mantle Ahead of Time

Your mantle from GodWe do not select a mantle; it is established and destined by God. 

Elisha didn’t just receive Elijah’s mantle because he happened to be at the right place at the right time. It was already his according to God’s word. (1 Kings 19:16)

Elisha needed to cooperate with the call of God on his life to receive the mantle that was his by God’s appointing. Elisha’s hunger and pursuit of Elijah was a sign of what God had placed in his heart.

Joseph knew at a young age, through prophetic dreams, that God had called him to rule.

A mantle is not ours for the choosing, it is determined ahead of time by God. The desire God places in our hearts is just one indication, among other confirmations, of the calling that is ours.

2. Servanthood Positions you for the Mantle God has for you

For a long season, Elisha was a servant to Elijah, supporting him in a menial capacity and learning at his feet. (2 Kings 3:11)

Joseph practiced servanthood for years—first he served his father, then Potiphar, then the prison warden—before he received the mantle of rulership he was destined for.

It can be tempting to go directly after a mantle, but just as with Elisha and Joseph, God has established His timeline for your life. God positions you with people and leaders that He wants you to serve now. Serving with faithfulness and a teachable heart is a powerful means of being positioned to attain your God-ordained destiny.

3. Realise you may Wear a Series of Mantles

Elisha was first a worker in his father’s fields, and then wore the garb of a servant, before he took up Elijah’s mantle. When God took Elijah, Elisha took his own cloak—the one he had worn as a servant—and tore it in two. There was no turning back. (2 Kings 2:12-13)

Joseph had a series of physical mantles along the way. The ‘coat of many colours’ his father gave him indicated favour, as well as his position as overseer to his brothers. Later, he was given a cloak as head slave in Potiphar’s household.

Ultimately, Joseph was robed in garments that represented his position as ruler next to Pharoah in Egypt. (Gen 41:42) But he didn’t go from being a youngster with prophetic dreams directly to the palace. He wore a succession of mantles, being faithful with each, and so it is for us.

4. Wait for Appointment to Establish your Mantle

Elisha was appointed by God as Prophet and successor to Elijah—but God used Elijah to recognise, prepare and establish that appointment.

God used Jacob, Potiphar, a prison warden, and ultimately Pharoah himself, to appoint Joseph to a position in Egypt that was already his through God’s intention. And it is the same today.

We do not ‘self appoint’ to a mantle or ministry. God uses those in oversight and authority to recognise and establish us in that calling at the right time. (Acts 6:6, Acts 13:1-3)

5. Understand your Calling will be Tested Over Time

As Joseph received the royal robes over his shoulders, maybe he recalled the earlier mantles that he wore:

  • The richly ornamented coat of many colours his father gave Joseph as a young man became another reason his brothers hated him. And when his jealous brothers threw him in a pit, and sold him to Egyptian slave traders, they wrenched the coat from him.That coat became the evidence the brothers used to ‘prove’ Joseph’s faked death to their father, Jacob.
  • Later, Joseph became a trusted slave, promoted and given charge over all his master Potiphar’s estate. But then Potiphar’s wife approached Joseph, wanting to seduce him. However, he valued his master’s trust, his purity and the call of God—and so Joseph ran. But Potiphar’s wife grabbed his cloak—and used it to accuse him. Not only was that cloak taken from him, it was used as evidence against him of a crime he didn’t commit. And landed him in prison.

Have you had this happen to you? ‘God, I thought that coat was from you. That mantle had promise. It was colourful. It represented good things to come. And now it’s been lost, robbed. That role, that job, that ministry opportunity—why was it taken from me?’

But Father God is seeing the big picture, from Heaven’s perspective.

Your Father wants to reveal to you what He is up to, even if you are feeling today as though you are in the midst of the trial or long period of waiting in relation to your calling. He wants to show you how he is redeeming those trials, even the failures, and how He is using them for His purposes.

It is not too late. For like Joseph, and Elisha, as you stay faithful and committed in the long haul, you will ultimately receive the mantle God has for you. And the ministry God has for you will be above and beyond anything you could ever have dreamed.


[1] Read the full story of Joseph’s mantle in Genesis chapters 37 to 41 and Elisha’s mantle in 1 Kings 19 to 2 Kings 2.

Related Posts:

7 Ways to Prepare for Your Prophetic Calling

How to Make the Most of Your Mantle from God

© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries – in the David McCracken Ministries family

64 thoughts on “How To Receive The Mantle God Has Destined For You”

  1. hi Helen, I’ve been making my strides through this walk of faith.sometimes i feel discouraged by challenges but the strength of our hrts keeps me going,when i turn back and look, its all dark and there’s no way I can go back .I fear where “he” is taking me.he spoke to me about the mantle of fire upon Elijah’s life this morning and told me i needed to know my mantle to flow as I should.didnt know about the exact meaning of a “|mantle|” before now but your word has lightened my hrt this day and i wait patiently to understand and move s I should.thanks again…

    1. Hello Daizy, thank you for leaving the note, I hope my article has helped you clarify what a mantle is and the wonderful promises of God for your life. Bless you!

  2. Gee you are on a roll today Helen. (i realise that I am reading on one day and you may have written on others).
    Seriously this post has spoken strongly to me, I can see a number of mantles that have been torn from me even though I was sure at the time, I was in God’s place for me. However the real blessing in this article for me is that I am sure where God is taking me but I can see no earthly way it will happen; and so I wll wait on the Mantle giver and trust His timing.

    1. Amen, Gordy I’m praying and believing with you, may you have His supernatural peace to know that the fullness of what Father has for you will unfold – the best is yet to come!

  3. Hello Helen
    First time on your website. Recently a woman, I admire in the faith, told me God clearly told her I had the gift of Prophecy. I have been on a journey to find exactly what that means and what to do with it. At the same time, it actually fits with some things I have experienced in my life. Have gone to and still attend a conservative church which really sees the gift of prophecy as same as “teaching”. All I can say, is that in my gut it is NOT teaching but something more and different.
    So your article on establishing my mantle (even at my late age of 52) was right on. Although I believe I have had this gift for some time, I also believe God needed to get some things out of my life and grow me up spiritually and THEN he established my mantle for this season in my life.
    So I am on a journey now, how to use it, when to use it, in a world that some in the church feel its such a misused gift they don’t want to use it. Any advice you have to grow in this gift I would be interested in.

  4. Hello Helen,

    I have always heard that in order to grow prophetically, and to succeed in the call, you must have a mentor (a more Mature Prophet) to invest in you and raise you up. Is that true? Are there instances where the only teacher one may have is the Holy Spirit? And the only mantle your receive would be from God himself?

    1. Hello Bernice, I think that what you have heard is along the lines of a ‘succession mantle’ – like Elisha receiving Elijah’s mantle. But that is not the only way to receive a ‘mantle’ from God. Like Joseph, whose father fashioned his own, uniquely crafted, colourful cloak, your Heavenly Father has a unique, perfectly crafted mantle for you.

      These articles about prophetic mentoring may be helpful, Bernice:

  5. augustine azubuike

    I agree with this message completely. it reveals that life is a journey and not a short walk. though in this journey of destiny u have a destination, u will meet a lot of temporary hold ups which all together makes your jurney worth while.

  6. augustine azubuike

    I our time is there any mistake too grave to terminate once destiny ? like that of gehazy

  7. Can a person have the same mantle if a person that has deceased and went home with the lord fir example like AA allan.kathryln cuman

    1. Hi Connie, I know there are testimonies of that happening so I couldn’t say an outright ‘no’ but I do believe it is rare for this to happen, it’s usually because someone has received a significant impartation and been an ‘Elisha’ to him or her in some way.
      It’s more important, I believe, for us to seek God for the unique mantle He desires to give us. (Of course we can receive inspiration and impartation from others too)

      1. Thank you I believe that as well it was a minister preaching and stated that you cannot receive a mantle from another person that has decease like Kathryn kulmn

  8. Dear servants of the Lord .
    greetings from Africa Kenya in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and savior,
    We are a young ministry in western Kenya Nyanza province ,
    after going through your web and seen what the Lord is doing through you we were prompted to write you and kindly request you to come to Kenya to hold us crusades and leaders seminars.
    looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    Pastor John and Hellen Amin
    Box 637 Sare Awendo 40405 E.A.Kenya
    Phone +254720734200

    1. Hello Pastors John and Hellen, it’s great to hear from you and we pray God’s rich blessings on your life and ministry.
      We don’t have any plans to visit Africa at this stage, but appreciate the invite.

  9. Me encuentro en situacion de prueba,por un lado veo lo que el mundo ofrece,y tambien veo lo que la carne sugiere,y en esta lucha me encuentro, peleo la batalla de la fe a traves de oracion y ayuno,y el servicio a los demas,para someter la carne,pero en ocasiones veo que las cosas de esta vida,el deseo de avanzar,en el proyecto del Señor para mi vida,y no en mis capacidades,me frustran y me enojo,cuando no veo lo que yo quisiera…
    Esta es mi situacion…a pesar de ello,sigo escuchando con frecuencia la voz de mi Señor,en cada encrucijada,como tambien sus recomendaciones,y es alli,en donde me frustro.Le ruego sus oraciones y pueda avanzar en la comision que el Señor tiene para mi.Oro por usted,y su Ministerio y su familia,le ruego orar por mi pais,yo lo hare por Australia.!saludos!

    1. Thank you Jose, Yes, I pray for you, your family and for Mexico, for a move of the Holy Spirit. May you be strong in the Word of God, powerful in grace!
      It sounds as though you have many challenges and trials, but have the blessing of hearing His voice. Your strength is in your intimate relationship with God, may that continue to sustain and satisfy you above all things. Thank you for your prayers

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