1.It is difficult to get an anointing.
…Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing…
2 Kings 2:9, 10
This Scripture is usually referred to in terms of being anointed with a double portion but it also refers to the act of receiving an anointing. It’s a hard thing because few people have the anointing. Many people try to get it, but few succeed.
Why is it that there are few doctors (relatively speaking) in the whole world? The answer is simple. It is because it is a “hard thing” to become a doctor. Many would like to be doctors, but few end up becoming doctors. As you look around, you will realize that there are not so many “truly” anointed ministers. Many may call themselves pastors, but few are really anointed to stand in that office. If they were anointed we would both know and see it. Though many have certificates and qualifications from Bible schools, few are actually anointed. This leads us to ask, “Why is it such a difficult thing to be anointed?”
2.You must have a strong desire for the anointing. One reason why God does not readily give His anointing to just anyone is because the anointing is the Holy Spirit (God Himself). The Holy Spirit is a precious gift from God to the Church. However, God does not haphazardly bestow that higher anointing needed for ministry on anyone. God does not cast His pearls before swine – you wouldn’t!
If you don’t value the anointing, God will not give it to you!
God has a very precious commodity! He is looking for someone who really wants it and will appreciate it. Often, those who should be obvious recipients miss out on the blessing. The anointing then passes on to someone else, to the surprise of others.
3. You can desire another minister’s anointing.
You can specifically desire the anointing you see on a particular man of God. You can covet the gift that God has given to him. This is possible because Elisha specifically requested for the anointing that he saw on Elijah. Look around and see which man of God’s ministry or gift you would like to have.
Why would God tell you to desire something you cannot have? The anointing is the principal tool for ministry. Without the anointing, all of your Bible school knowledge and certificates are useless. You need an anointing. Anointing does not come by going to school. Anointing is not taught, it is caught!
God often uses a man or several different men to impact your life with the anointing.
When you have decided which gifts and anointing to covet, there are several hard steps or filters that you will have to go through. There are people who desire the anointing but never get it. It is because they are not able to pass through these tests. The steps are filters, which differentiate between the receivers and all others.
Extract from "Mega church" one of the best books on the anointing by Dag Heward-Mills