|Laying on Hands
Workshop notes that may be
of help to you
How many of you have prayed with the Laying
on of hands?
How many of you have received prayer with
the Laying on of hands?
Please share your learnings as we go along.
Please share your questions.
The Power of Touch:
- Mother Theresa - in Beruit Hospital
- Babies in hospital
- Studies on Monkeys
- Kirlian Photography of LOH revealing energy
field or aura - video, photo
- Secular studies: Dolores Krieger: Therapeutic
Touch. Studies show touch itself affects blood components,
brain waves and generalized relaxation.
- Visits in nursing home
- Our own experiences of not being touched
Touch channels more than human power:
The Bible and The Healing Power of Touch:
Touch and Raising the Dead: I Kings 17:21
Then he [Elijah] stretched himself
out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, "O
LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!" 22 The
LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him,
and he lived.
II Kings 4:34 Then he got on the bed and lay
upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands.
As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy's body grew
warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the
room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once
more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
Touch brings healing:
Matthew 8:3 Jesus reached out his hand and
touched the man. "I am willing," he said.
"Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
Peter's mother-in-law: Matthew 8:15 He
touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got
up and began to wait on him.
Matthew 9:20 Just then a woman who had been
subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and
touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself,
"If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." 22
Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter,"
he said, "your faith has healed you."
Raising the ruler's dead daughter: Matthew
9:25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and
took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched
their eyes and said, "According to your faith
will it be done to you";30 and their sight was restored....
Matthew 14:35 And when the men of that place
recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to
let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all
who touched him were healed.
Healing the disciples' fear: Matthew 17:7
But Jesus came and touched them.
"Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid."
Matthew 20:34 Jesus had compassion on them
and touched their eyes. Immediately
they received their sight and followed him.
Mark 3:10 For he had healed many, so that
those with diseases were pushing forward to
touch him. //Luke 6:19
Mark 6:5 He could not do any miracles there,
except lay his hands on a few sick
people and heal them.
Mark 7:32 There some people brought to him
a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged
him to place his hand on the man.
33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put
his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched
the man's tongue...35 At this, the man's ears were opened,
his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.
Mark 9:27 But Jesus
took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and
he stood up.
Mark 10:13 People were bringing little children to Jesus
to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them...16
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them
and blessed them. //Mt. 19:13
From the risen Christ: Mark 16:17 And these
signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will
drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues...18c they
will place their hands on sick people,
and they will get well."
Luke 4:40 When the sun was setting, the people
brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and
laying his hands on each
one, he healed them.
Luke 6:19 and the people all tried
to touch him, because power was coming from him and
healing them all. //Mk. 3:10
A woman who had been crippled for 18 years:
Luke 13:13 Then he put his hands
on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised
The high priest's servant whose ear was severed:
Luke 22:51 But Jesus answered, "No more of this!"
And he touched the man's ear
and healed him.
John 9:6 Having said this, he [Jesus] spit
on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and
put it on the man's eyes. 7 "Go," he told
him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam..." So the man
went and washed and came home seeing.
Acts 3:7 Taking
him by the right hand, he [Peter] helped him up, and
instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong.
Acts 9:41 He [Peter] took
her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he
called the believers and the widows and presented her to them
Acts 28:8 His father was sick in bed, suffering
from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after
prayer, placed his hands on him
and healed him.
a way to stay in prayer connection beyond
a channel of God's love and power
Experiences of pray-er:
What have been your experiences when
praying with LOH? e.g. warmth, tingle, nothing, energy
Experiences of Prayer Recipient:
What have been your experiences
when praying with LOH? e.g. warmth, tingle, nothing, energy
In Inner Healing: ask for feedback along the way ( I do
a one hour workshop on Inner healing)
pray for a short time, watching them,
and stop. Invite feedback from person receiving prayer.
Role of the Holy Spirit in prayer:
importance of baptism - in-filling
- inviting the Spirit to fill and flow through you. "My
cup runneth over..."
Inviting friends/family members to lay on
hands and pray with you, and on their own: Mother and son's
- gentle or commanding, following Jesus'
model in Gethsemane, Guided imagery for person receiving.
- Workshop on Guided Imagery.
- Singing - Music
Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
- Praying and or singing in the Holy
- Prophetic Words
- Wisdom - from scripture
- Visions: of people praying
Soaking Prayer over time: you
may be lead to explore a variety of needs:
- Confession- Forgiveness
- Generational healing
- Binding - Deliverance
- Soaking with Love
- Command prayers
- Ongoing re-vitalizing of the person
Benefit of a group
- Companions to listen and pray with
and for you.
- Charge - recharge for pray-er
- Different Gifts.
- Many hands make powerful work - focused
energy of several channels to God
- Teams to pray with a person in an
- Soaking Option.
- Jesus's teaching: keep on praying - not
one pill, gradually guiding
- Physical Healing (partial or complete
or waiting or no.)
- Spiritual Healing
- Eternal Healing
- A range of ways to touch. Be sensitive
to your own feelings and open to the Spirit's leading
- A warm, caring handshake. What was it like?
- Hold hands: WOW Prayer
- Lay on hands
- Group hug
- cold hands esp in winter or tension
- formal-informal - ritual setting may help
- our own anxiety re: touching
- (What messages did you receive about
touching as your grew up? E.g. touch is sexual.)
- (What messages do you receive now?
- (What mesages do you want to give yourself?
- Key element Awareness of self & peace
- Key element: Ask permission. Do you want
to hold my hand while we pray? Would you like me/us to lay
hands on you and pray?
- Pray with one or more partners.
- Be gentle.
- Ask feedback - positive and negative. (Canker
A Few Highly Recommended Books:
The basic text about healing:
- MacNutt, Francis. Healing. Ecumenical
- MacNutt, Francis. Power to Heal.
An easy way to begin praying with
- Mac Nutt, Francis. The Prayer the
A basic guide to healing personal wounded
- Linn, Dennis & Matthew. Healing
Life's Hurts. $6.95
To explore healing in your church:
- Wagner, C. Peter. How to Have a Healing
Ministry without Making Your Church Sick. $8.95