And begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” (Mark 5:23)
And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:17)
The Holy spirt was poured out through the laying on hands. “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 8:17) Jesus said, “And these signs will follow those who believe:…They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:18) Laying on of hands is church doctrine regarding impartation. When I see pain in someone, I want to lay hands on them and help them according to what the Bible teaches. This is not just for preachers, it’s for everyone. When you pray for someone that is sick, the moment that you lay your hands on them, it’s an act of faith. God honors faith.
Thirty years ago I went to the hospital to pray for a little girl. She was suffering from an indescribable disease that was eating away at her limbs. They amputated one of her legs. They were prepping to amputate the other leg and an arm. The mother asked me to pray. I went in and she was in a big tent, quarantined in the hospital room. They let me put my hand into the tent. I touched her arm. She was three years old. I told the Lord I didn’t feel anything. I was almost overwhelmed with the situation. But I reminded Him that he said if I laid my hands on the sick, they would be healed. I believed his word. I didn’t feel goose bumps. I felt intimidated. But I wanted so badly to obey him. So I prayed. I touched the little baby’s hands. I whispered. There were no angles. No music. No choir. No lights. Nothing happened. This happened on a Tuesday.
The next Sunday, the mother comes running down the aisle of the church. “My daughter, when they went to operate on her later that Tuesday, there was no disease in her body.”
The act of laying on of hands is powerful and important. In the Charismatic world, it is still practiced a little, but it has been lost to most of the world. We need to reclaim it. What we have jumps into other people when the Kingdom is in us.