How do you add anointing to your writing? Ezekiel, an architect, asks one of my lead characters, “What do you think the key is to anointed design? I feel like I am really fighting it.”
He’s asking William, a young man in my latest, who does paintings he calls real, which draw people into the presence of the Lord.
How do you add anointing to your writing?
William leaned back and looked the young man in the eyes. He liked what he saw. “The key is a holy life, and a lot of serious prayer. It’s all about being close to Jesus. He never (or rarely) slaps you upside the head with a ‘Hey, dummy!’ He’s gentle, subtle—you have to be listening. Your design area needs to be clean, quiet, and reverent.
“But the hardest part for me is remembering that I always need to pray first. You start with prayer for the anointing. It doesn’t do much good to pray in a panic because you’ve created yourself into a corner. If you get there, it’s time to take a break and get yourself clean with the Lord. On my best days, I go over to my study nook and read the Bible for a while. Then I can come back to start fresh.”
Ezekiel had received a major revelation. “No wonder I’m always fighting it. I’m usually so busy that the Lord is an afterthought.”
“That’s not sin, in most cases,” added William. “But, it will block most of the anointing. That’s a conscious work between you and the Lord.”
“Thank you, brother. That’s a major concept for me. I will work hard in that direction. I live for the anointed designs. At least, that’s what I tell myself. But now I see I need to live for Jesus first, and ‘all these things will be added unto me’.”
“You’ve got it. If you need to call and talk, or pray, I’m there in the studio six days a week. I’d love to have another creative to talk with.” William gave him a huge smile. “I have my days also, when I somehow just forget to pray. It’s always a disaster.”
An excerpt from my new book, War on Canyon Road, Book 1 in the Nizhóní Artwork series.