Read: Matthew 19:13-15
Then children were brought to [Jesus] that he might lay his hands on them and pray. (v. 13)
The laying on of hands in Scripture is often associated with prayer. Prayers for blessing (v. 13), healing (Luke 4:40; Acts 28:8), receiving the Holy Spirit after baptism (Acts 8:17; 19:6), and equipping and commissioning individuals for ministry (Acts 6:6; 13:3; 1 Tim. 4:14) are all modeled in Scripture. Jesus did it. The apostles and other believers in the book of Acts did it. We should, too!
In many churches, the laying on of hands is an important spiritual practice. In our church we have incorporated this practice through a “prayer chair.” A person who has asked for prayer sits in a chair. Then the group gathers, lays their hands on the person, and prays. It can seem a little intimidating at first, but something powerful happens when people focus together on lifting up a need to God. Laying on of hands in the “prayer chair” has become a regular part of our small-group gatherings. And, it has gone further too.
At a prayer training with a local church, we shared about the “prayer chair.” About a month later, they began offering a “prayer chair” to their parishioners following their services. Although some were skeptical, it was clear that praying in this focused way was bearing fruit. Soon people were waiting up to 45 minutes to be prayed for in this powerful way. —Jason DeVries
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to pray for one another in such a mighty way. Amen.