Lay hands upon…

Today let’s focus on the physical laying on of hands, why and how we should do it.

Here is what you should know with regard to laying on of hands; we do it for the sick and the needy on behalf of, or before the Lord. And again when we let someone place their hand on us it is a sign of trust and friendship. This is why laying your hands on someone is powerful. It’s because it signals a bond between the two of you, and it shows how serious that you have to say with your hands upon them.

Never be in a hurry to lay hands on any man, but where you feel the edge administer it before the Lord. Otherwise you’ll “be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” 1 Timothy 5:22

How should you lay hands?

Only lay hands upon the head of the soul you’re praying for. Remember you’re doing it before the Lord or as unto the Lord. God wants it done in a certain way;

  • the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head, Leviticus 4:15
  • Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head, Leviticus 16:21
  • And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him, Numbers 27:18
  • Jairus besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee , come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live, Mark 5:22-23.

It was very typical of Jesus to physically lay His hands on the sick to cause them to recover.

On the great commission, here was the instruction, “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:18.

You probably were asking why do we lay hands on someone? The laying on of hands is for the recovery of the sick, for blessing, giving public approval, and to communicate to the other person that you are with them, you love them, and mean what you say, and are going to stick by them.

In John 13, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. When he came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Master, you shouldn’t be washing our feet like this!” And Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; some day you will.” Peter still said no, you shall never wash my feet! Jesus said, “But if I don’t, you can’t be my partner,” Peter said, “Then wash my hands and head as well – not just my feet!” Jesus replied, “One who has bathed all over needs only to have his feet washed to be entirely clean. Now you are clean!

You lay hands only on the head and that’s enough to do the job.

The writer of Acts said, “And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed” Acts 28:8-9.

That’s all he had to do, just to lay hands.

Paul says to Timothy, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
1 Timothy 4:14-16

Wow, even the laying on of hands is precious. It looks simple however neglect it not, and believe/trust it to. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3.

This is the purpose of laying hands on someone. It has no power in itself, but what it communicates (blessing, love, faith, etc) is itself important.

Paul says, “let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2

Like other mysterious parts of the Bible, the laying on of hands is so easily seen in the scriptures, but often misunderstood and many questions arise.

“Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean?” 2 Kings 5:12-16

But the Word of the Lord came saying, lay hands on…

God bless,

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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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