How to Lay Hands on Someone
Since there is no direct commandment from the Lord Jesus Christ concerning, how to lay hands on a person to bless, we must learn the Doctrine of Laying on of Hands from biblical examples.
Jacob, Joseph’s father, was one of the first persons, in the Scriptures, to demonstrate how to lay hands on someone. He blessed the two sons of Joseph, Manasseh, and Ephraim.
Therefore, let’s learn from him how to lay hands on someone to bless him.
Step One – How to Lay Hands?
Place the Palm of Your Hand on the Person’s Head
Jacob utilized both hands to bless his two grandsons, but using one hand is ok.
“And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn” (Genesis 48:14).
Step Two – How to Lay Hands
Speak Your Blessings Utilizing The Name Jesus Christ
Israel (Jacob) made full use of the name when he laid his hands on his grandsons to bless them.
He decreed: “The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth” (Genesis 48:16).
Jacob couldn’t use the angel’s name because he didn’t know it. He had refused to tell him his name (Genesis 32:29). However, he knew both his father’s and his grandfather’s names, so he utilized them in his blessing. And he also used his own name.
As a result, he blessed them saying: “let my name be named on them”. And “let the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac” be on the “lads” (Genesis 48:16).
Consequently, with your hand on the person’s head, speak your blessings invoking the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Step Three – How to Lay Hands?
Remove Your Hand From the Head
Don’t remove your hand from the head of the person you are laying hands-on until you have finished speaking,
An Essential Feature of How to Lay Hands
Gently, laying your “strong hand” on the head of the other person is important.
Therefore, if you are left-handed use it, and if you are right-handed use it. But use your strong arm.
Oftentimes, I observe “Ministers of God” laying hands on others to bless, heal or pray.
On many of these occasions, they shove the person’s head with much force. So much so to the extent that the person begins to fall to the floor.
In most instances, someone has to hold the person being blessed to prevent him or her from falling and hurting him or herself.
This does not qualify as laying on of hands. The person who is receiving the laying on of hands is not falling because of the mighty power of the Lord, but because the same was shoved or pushed.
The laying on of hands is gentle.
How to Lay Hands is as Important as Where
The laying on of hands on the head is important. Because a person who lays hands on another, in the name of the Lord, is a representative of the Lord, when such a one lays hands it’s God who is laying hands.
The laying on of hands precedes both the anointing with “holy oil” and the “come-upon” experience of the Holy Ghost both of which happen via the head.
Consequently, every man in Scriptures who the Lord anoints, or bless had the Holy Ghost come upon him had a “head-experience”. It happened from the head.
It never happens on any other part of the body except the head.
Finally, lay your strong arm on the person’s head and speak your blessings in no other name but the name of Jesus Christ. It is the name, which is above all names in heaven and in earth.
Therefore, laying hand on someone and not invoking a name is useless. There is no authority in the absence of a name, and no impartation happens.
In closing, saying “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost“, is not equivalent to speaking a name. This is not a name. By repeating this phrase you haven’t yet said a name. The name is Jesus Christ.