Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be like rivers of water flowing from the life of a believer. “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” (John 7:37-39).

When we are born again the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us. We are further empowered when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And we should continue to receive impartations of the Spirit’s power throughout our Christian journey.

I would define impartation as a reception of supernatural power from God that brings a definite positive difference in a person’s life or ministry. Impartation often refers to receiving a spiritual gift or a specific anointing. An example would be having a healing evangelist lay hands on you and noticing a definite increase in the healing anointing following this prayer.

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would flow through the one who thirsts. We should actively and relentlessly pursue being continually filled with the power of God’s Spirit. I want to cover two ways of receiving a fresh baptism of power, or impartation: the laying on of hands, and waiting on the Lord in prayer.

Laying on of Hands

Some would question whether impartation through the laying on of hands has any scriptural foundation, but there is actually a biblical precedent in both the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament Joshua received an impartation from Moses: “Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him” (Deuteronomy 34:9). In the New Testament Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).

There are other examples in the Bible that affirm the reality that the power of the Holy Spirit can be imparted through the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14-20 and Acts 19:6 are good examples).

I remember being in a meeting where they were laying hands on people to impart the power of the Holy Spirit. My sister received prayer, and shortly after this began to operate in prophetic gifts that were not there previously.

Waiting on God

It was as the early church waited on the Lord in prayer that the Holy Spirit was first poured out upon them in power. As I have studied the lives of men and women who have been used mightily by God I have noticed something: they were all people of prayer, and they made a practice of spending time being still before God. I believe that this is a significant spiritual discipline and one of the keys to maintaining a lifestyle of intimacy and power in the Holy Spirit.

I can think of a few instances in my own journey where I received an impartation through waiting on God. A few years ago I was a teacher at a Christian school. The Lord led me to set aside extra prayer time each day for ten days, for the specific purpose of waiting on Him for the power of the Spirit. During those times I would do nothing but meditate on passages on the Holy Spirit and wait in God’s presence asking and believing for an increase in power.

After the tenth day, I prayed for a student who had one leg shorter than the other by about an inch and a half. The short leg grew out before our eyes as I commanded it in the name of Jesus. Soon after this miracle there was an outbreak of other miracles including a rotator cuff, a broken wrist, a sprained knee, and an injured neck. Along with these healings there were several instances of students being delivered from demonic torment.

If you desire to operate in the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit, find someone who is already doing it and spend as much time with them as you can. Have them lay hands on you and ask God to impart a fresh anointing upon your life. Spend time waiting in God’s presence, asking for the power of the Spirit to become a greater reality in your life.

Questions: What are your thoughts on the concept of impartation? Do you have any experiences of receiving an impartation of the power of the Holy Spirit?


9 Responses to “Receiving an Impartation of God’s Power”

  1. During a revival at my church my Pastor stated one night that he would being doing an impartation the next day at noon day services. So I prayed to receive an impartation. Actually I prayed for the impartation days before my Pastor had even mention that was what he was going to do. However on the day of the impartation he only prayed for certain people not the entire congregation and I was not one of those peoples. Does that mean that God doesn’t have a anything special for me to do or have the thing I done in my past life cancelled the anointing out for me? I have been going to this church but I just don’t seem to fit but I believe this is where GOD wants me to be. Should I keep praying for an impartation?

    • Tee,

      Yes, keep praying for an impartation! I have been in services where many others were being touched by the Holy Spirit but nothing seemed to be happening to me. There are different factors involved in receiving, and the sovereignty of God is involved in this as well. Don’t believe a lie that God has nothing special for you or that you have done something in the past to cancel out His gifts and anointing for you. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking!


  2. Emma Emily Kaufuti says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have since been asking God for imputation of Jesus.I will continue to use the examples given. Praise be to God.

  3. IDOWU ADEBAYO says:

    its better to keep thirsty for holyspirit,that is what GOD needs from us,i recieved my impartation via a prophet while praying.bcos GOD showed him how thirsty i was.

  4. Ernest Washington says:

    I have a great hunger in my spirit for gods supernatural power to come alive in my life i believe he is going to give it to me
    will you pray with me on the matter to the glory of god.

  5. Impartation is a reality…keep prayig and believe above all be righteous stay away fm sin.

  6. eugenio watson castillo says:

    Impartation is a grace from God. Any believer who are broken and contrite in spirit will receive because it is a promise “whoever is thirsty come to me and drink, streams of life giving water will pour out from his heart” believe therefore that you have it because faith is not a feeling nor emotion but standing firm in your heart from the word of truth that comes from the mouth of God “it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

  7. Dear Jake,
    I was delivered by a tormenting oppressive spirit when you laid hands on me and cast it out. I felt it come off of me and i felt drunk the rest of the day hahah My faith was encouraged.
    I am so hungry for increase of power… thank you for writing this blog.
    Be blessed increased beyond limits,
    your sis

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