It's so interesting how God's anointing these days is taken very lightly. In fact, people will often view God's power on someone's life as something others can attain with no process. As a believer, when you are enduring some things and waiting on God, you will endure a process that brings forth his anointing and purpose for your life.
When we think of the story of Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8:9-25, we can better understand the concept of others desiring God's anointing. In this story, Simon was a man who practiced sorcery and amazed all the people of Samaria. He was a prideful man because he went about bragging about his how great he was. Well, when Phillip came and began to preach the good news in the name of Jesus Christ, people were baptized. Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. As a result, Simon now followed Phillip wherever he went, and was blown away by the miracles and happenings he saw.
After the people of Samaria received the Word of God, both Peter and John came to them in order to pray that they would receive the Holy Spirit. The apostles Peter and John then laid their hands on the people and they received the Holy Spirit. At this very moment, God's power was revealed and Simon desired this power so much that he offered the apostles money to have this ability. Peter responded to Simon in Acts 8:20-21 "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God."
Can you believe that Simon wanted the anointing so bad that he was willing to pay for it? Yes! He was willing to pay monetarily, but the true price comes through relationship with the Lord, fasting, and praying. Simon wanted immediate gratification and was attracted to the power of the Holy Spirit. He didn't ask the apostles what he must do to be able to operate under the anointing, but instead he offered a bribe to be able to utilize the power.
There are many Simons in today's world. They are eager to perform miracles in the name of the Lord, but have not undergone the process to even operate in that capacity. Simons imitate true surrendered vessels of the Lord that have allowed God to take complete control of their lives. They have not been broken and pressed through the process that God allows consecrating you for His use, and His use only. Although they don't want the process, they want the anointing!
Beware of individuals or groups of people in today's world that want to rush you through God's process for your life. Not only do they want to rush you, but they also desire to have your anointing with no holiness or repentance in their lives. Be careful to guard your heart with all diligence Psalm 4:23. Make sure that you yourself are not trying to operate through your own strength and asking God for His anointing on your life, while demanding Him to keep your process!