“Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:14-16).”
Can you imagine calling for the elders of the church and WONDERING IF they can get a prayer through? Or thinking… I hope they’re living holy while they’re putting their hands on me to pray? That’s certainly not a good thought or pretty ‘head’ picture. We must guard the anointing that is upon our lives so that nothing will hinder our prayers or stand in the way of God using us to our fullest potential. We really can’t afford to become complacent, or too comfortable, in our walk with the Lord. We must be alert to the enemy’s every attack to get us off track and weaken our testimony for the cause of Christ! And so we must keep on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11) so that we can stand against the tricks of the enemy. We can’t just live any old kind of way through the week, going where we want to go, saying and doing whatever we choose to say and do, thinking like one who’s not redeemed. We can’t afford to be just “saved on Sundays.” It is to our benefit to consistently live a life that gives God glory, to stay in a place of prayer and fasting. Worship must be commonplace for us as well, along with time in the Word. We choose what type of vessel we’d like to be by the lifestyle we live. I choose to be a vessel of honor. Hope you do as well. Guard the anointing–for it is the anointing that makes the difference in our lives.
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