Laying on of Hands

A Biblical Term

The ‘laying on of hands' is a biblical term where believers are encouraged to lay hands on those they are praying for healing. It is worth noting that scripturally we do not have to 'physically’ touch the recipient, though it is acceptable to do so. Jesus physically laid His hands on many of those He healed, he also healed many without laying on hands too. Matthew 8:8 is a classic example where Jesus healed the servant of the centurion without going to the centurion’s house.

Here are two instances to consider where the apostle's laid on of hands, and in another case without the laying on of hands, but simply through the apostle's preaching.

"Paul said, ‘John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied” (Acts 19:4-6).

"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God” (Acts 10:44-46).

"Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.”  (1 Tim 5:22)

While consideration should be given to physically touching another person, in any respect, whether we physically touch another through prayer or not we are called to be courteous about the speed by which we enter into ministering to another. It is not something we should do ‘suddenly' or without due consideration. We should also comprehend that prayer is not magical, except the wondrous power of calvary: Christ’s sacrifice. Laying on of hands has no power in itself and should be in accordance with the scriptures and prophetic revelation over a person’s life. URL brand was founded on 3rd July 2006. The site in its current form was created in 2014. Third party logos and URL links are for illustration purposes only. Any other logo or pictures contained on this site are also subject to Copyright law. Photos and images are either designed or privately owned or Copyright paid from Shutterstock.