Editor: I found an interesting article by Warren Zehrung on Anointing. Showing what it is and why it is important. The following is an excerpt from that article with a link to the full document for your review.
There are many among us brethren, who are sick from time to time, and some of us have been diagnosed with chronic ailments.
While we pray for the brethren, and wish them a speedy and full recovery, it does not always happen in the time-frame that we would prefer – and for some, not even in this lifetime. But our faith is that our well-being is according to God’s Will, and that the ultimate healing is sure and positive.
But the all-encompassing blessing is to know that God wants no one to perish, and would have everyone live a more abundant life (John 10:10).
To anoint means to make sacred, or to consecrate for office or religious service. The anointing is done with the laying on of hands and the application of oil, according to God’s instructions (Hebrews 6:2, James 5:14).
II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
We know that God is not willing that any should perish. That is not talking about just in the physical life, but that is talking about in God’s eternal realm. God gave His only begotten Son so that we could all eventually be saved. Unfortunately, Satan does his dirty work, and there are those who will not follow in sincerity and truth the things that God would have us do. There is a weeding out process that is going on right now. God’s desire is that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
So what is going on when we do not always receive healing quickly? What is our part in the healing process? Actually, our part in the healing process is a great deal.
I thought it might be encouraging to look into this subject about anointing, and the many aspects that are mentioned in the scriptures that tell us about different kinds of anointing, and extensions that take off from anointing. Anointing is not always exactly as we picture it in the church. In the Church of God, when we think of anointing, we usually think of a phone call to the minister. Or maybe we will catch him before or after Sabbath services, and say that we would like to be anointed. We do not think of it too much past that. The minister says a prayer, and we pray, and we hope that God will answer. We look at it from our perspective.
Sometimes that is the only way that we think of “anointing.” We think only of the prayer of faith for the sick.