Prayer & Faith

Prayer & Faith

Prayer that arises from faith in Jesus in our hearts accomplishes wonderful and mighty blessings.  Another beneficial tool that believers have is anointing people with oil, and laying hands on them in prayer.  In the Scriptures, oil represents the Holy Spirit.  In the New Testament the laying on of hands was associated with Christ healing the sick (Luke 4:40)

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  (Jas 5:14-15 NIV)  In this case, we are encouraged to ask the elders of the church to pray for the sick after anointing them with oil.

And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mk 6:13)  This passage is referring to the apostles’ doing good works, including casting out demons, anointing the sick with oil and healing them.  Praise God!

And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him.  (Ac 28:8)  The Apostle Paul laid hands on Publius after praying for him, and healed Publius.

These are procedures that the apostles used, because they had seen Jesus Christ (our example) using them.  Modern believers should use these same methods and practices in order to see the same results.

Remember, all signs, wonders and miracles are a result of faith in Jesus Christ and in focusing upon Him and His love and mercy.  Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8) and we should cherish it, value it, and thank and praise God for it. Hallelujah!

Anointed

Anointed

Hi, there!  How’s your day been going?  I’m so happy you’ve looked in.

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God . . . (2 Cor. 1:21)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.  (1 John 2:20)

But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.  (1 John 2:27)

As believers in Jesus Christ, we’ve been anointed by God; and we carry His presence with us everywhere.  That’s an awesome thought, isn’t it?

The anointing that we carry is the power of God to break bondages; heal the sick; raise the dead; set the captives free; and initiate supernatural, miraculous events.  (Mt 10:7-8; Heb 2:4)

God loves mankind and He desires that all people would be born again.  (Jo 10:28; 2 Pet 3:9)  He wants us, His children and co-laborers, to demonstrate His great love and mercy to the world.  He has given us an anointing to represent Him to all people.

When signs and wonders follow us, God is bearing witness to the word of His grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through our hands.  (Acts 14:3)  EXPECT God’s miraculous power, operating through the anointing upon you, to be in evidence in your life!  Be bold to pray for people to receive God’s love, blessings, and presence in their lives and watch God perform wondrous things through YOU.