Laying on of Hands
This is an act in which a person places his or her hands upon the body of a person for some definite purposes by either prayer or giving of prophetic words or both. Every spirit –filled Christian or minister can lay hands.
Reasons for Laying Hands
a) For healing (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 4:40; Luke13:13 & Acts 28:8-9)
It is worthy to note that the Lord Jesus Christ did a lot of this during his ministry on earth and he commanded us to do likewise (Mark 16:18).
b) For the in filling of the Holy Ghost (2 Tim 1; 6; Acts 19:6 & Acts1:8).
c) For anointing
Hands could be laid upon someone to receive anointing. The receiving of this anointing is vital for the greater and special works of the ministry.
d) For the impartation of the spiritual gifts (1Timothy 4:14; 2Timothy1:6).
The release of (God’s Power) the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands either by a spiritual leader, or a person with the same gift, or a minister of God.
e) For ordination into the ministry Acts13:1-3, Act 6: 5-6).
This is the separation and sanctification into the works of the ministry by the laying on of hands. The Holy Spirit expressly comes upon such a person and sanctifies him or her (ACTS 1:8). Such ordination could be for Cell leaders, Deacons and Deaconesses, Church Workers, Pastors etc.