Some weeks turn out being different than anything you’ve ever experienced. This is true of the week I just experienced. There has been a lot of self-reflection and examination. Our church was called to a time of prayer and fasting. The church was open every night for people to come and pray and some prayed into the wee hours of the morning.
One particular night, God brought to my remembrance a song by Cathy Walker I had not heard in a while. The title is Fresh Oil. It is a simple chorus, but the words moved me deeply last Monday night as the small crowd gathered held hands and prayed. These are the words:
“Fresh oil, fresh anointing; oil of refreshing has come.
Fresh oil, from the green room; oil of Your presence flows here.
You make me lie down in green pastures with the One my soul adores,
Your right hand does embrace me, and from Your head green oil does flow…”
This song carries a powerful anointing. To be in the presence of the Most Holy; the room He has prepared for intimate prayer and fellowship. My heart has sought to be in His presence this week. Ah, to commune with Him. James 4:8 tells us” Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
I ask God to allow that fresh oil to flow from Him, over every inch of me and to make that way plain in every path He would have me walk. When you are walking in your own might it’s easy to overlook the best path. Sometimes the best path is overgrown with a cloud of self-doubt or maybe it’s a small path and it’s often overlooked. Sometimes the most obvious path is not the one to take.
My husband and I are facing many decisions right now. It would be easy to move forward in one direction or even several directions. We have many doors in front of us right now. Onlookers may think they see the best doors for us to open. One think I am certain of…this week of intense prayer and fasting has shown me what I need most is the Fresh Oil from the Lord Himself. All these other things will fall into place. My business, my job, ministry, my husband’s ministry… “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”, Matthew 6:33.