Q. I just read your latest article on faith and healing of the sick. The timing of your articles are such a blessing to me. I have been searching for an answer from the Lord on this very subject about healing of the sick
I rejoiced when I read your article, finally someone speaks clearly and biblical on this issue. The Lord has answered my question through you. So now what? Well, first I will pray that my faith be increased and second I would like to know exactly how to anoint with oil?
I read through scripture that anointing by oil is done regularly so I’m sure James probably had some custom in mind when he commanded us in James 5:14 to do it. Surely there is some Hebrew custom on the method? Could you tell us how?
A. First of all, remember that there’s no magic in the oil. Anointing with oil is a way to symbolize setting someone or something apart for the Lord. The Hebrew word for Messiah means anointed one. He was set apart for a purpose. Anointing a sick person is a way to consecrate them to the Lord, to make them sacred. It puts the spiritual world on notice that the person belongs to the Lord and the sickness, which came from the enemy, no longer belongs there.
Most Christian Book stores have anointing oil for sale. It’s normally made from olive oil with some special fragrance that’s pleasing to the Lord mixed in. Place a little on your finger when you’re about to pray for someone. Then apply it to the forehead of the person you’re praying for as you begin your prayer. Keep your hand in contact with the person all through the prayer by placing it lightly on the front part of their head.