The Lord laid His hands on needy people for physical healing, as Luke reports in 13'13:

"He laid His hands on her and immediately she was made straight and glorified God".

And what He did became known:

"... one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 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 5'22-24,35-41.

In this instance He varied the laying on of hands, spontaneously taking her by the hand and speaking to her at the same time. She stood up and walked.

Jesus did it first as an example to His followers.


In the New Covenant Kingdom scriptures of Acts 2'2 to Revelation 3'22, Believers ministered the laying on of hands in two distinct areas of ministry, Unbelievers and Believers:

1. Unbelievers. Paul laid hands on a man who ...

"... lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed and he laid his hands on him and healed him," Acts 28'8.

2. Believers. Peter and John:

"Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit," Acts 8'17.

Here are the two areas of ministry: