Anointing with Oil

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During our evening communion services we almost always offer an opportunity for people to come forward to be anointed with oil and to receive prayer for healing.

This is a practice we read about in the Bible in a letter written by a church leader called James.

"Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)

At West Bromwich Baptist Church our practice is that while the rest of the congregation sings one or two worship songs the people seeking prayer are invited to come and sit on the front row of chairs. Two elders from the church, usually including the pastor, will then come and pray for each person in turn and will place a little dab of olive oil on the person's forehead as a sign of God's work in them by his Holy Spirit. Then people return to their seats.

It is an important way in which we seek to be open to God's work within us - in our bodies, our minds, our spirits and every part of us.


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