LAYING ON OF HANDS ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. In this very important writing, I would like to continue by sharing about the laying of hands on the child as a means of imparting spiritual gifts and power to the child. Am I crazy or what? This is biblical as seen in Jesus’ early life, His example in Mt 19: 13, in the book of Timothy and even by Prophet Samuel who laid hands on the young David. Let us look first at Jesus’ example which is documented in Mt 19: 14, Mk 10: 14 and Lk 18: 16. The incident in Mt 19: 13-15 reads, “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.” Why did the parents bring the children for the laying on of hands? First of all, this was one method that Jesus used in His ministry for the healing of the sick, as we find out in scriptures. However, there is no evidence that these children were sick, as in the case of the nobleman’s son and Jairus’ daughter. They wanted Jesus to pray over and bless their children as Mark 10: 16 beautifully says in the words, “He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Lk 18: 15 called them “infants”, but scriptures show that Jesus loved children of all ages, like the little lad who gave his meal, the 12 year old daughter of Jarius, the rich young ruler to name a few. Let me know when you find the others. I want you to examine the attitude of the disciples which showed that they did not value the role of children in Jesus’ ministry. They were treated like liabilities. How do we perceive the children in our families, churches and schools. AS I received this information on 5/20/07, the Lord told me that chidren are the untapped potential in the church. Having grown up in the church (I was born in the church in a sense), I know for sure about the importance of having the Lord lay His hands on a child. If you miss that opportunity when the person is tender to the Lord as a child, it may never come again. I myself have personal experience with that. That is why we must not keep them out of the kingdom by telling them they are too young for baptism, too young for communion etc. It is incumbent upon us to have them come to the LOrd and receive Him as Lord and Savior in simple faith. As we lead them in the ways of the Lord, they will grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When I attended the NTC Church of God, my Pastor, Sonny Williams would baptize children. They had their preparation classes mainly in the home with the parents and maybe one or two with him. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a child grow up in the ways of the Lord. It is a great privilege and honor. We must not overlook the importance of the Sunday School as a place for leading them to the Lord. Afew of my own students, nwo adults today, were led to the Lord in Sunday School. I will tell you that a child may not understand the deep mysteries of the faith, but will readily understand symbolic things if they are taught in a simple manner. I was baptized at 10, after having given my heart to the Lord at 9. To me, this baptism meant that I was a Christian until I fully began to understand how to walk as a believer at age 11. Let us suffer the little children to come to Jesus and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. They will receive Him.

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE CHILD

Scriptures show that the anointing of power is imparted by the laying on of hands. When Samuel went to anoint the successor to King Saul, 1 Samuel 16: 13 says that “the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.” People thereafter described David as the son of Jesse who is “cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.” At about age 16, David was described by influential people as a skillful musician, a valiant man (spirit of power), a warrior, man of self control and a man who was favored by the Lord. Note that he had not yet gone on to fight Goliath, evidence of the Spirit of power or might that had come upon him. Do we want the Spirit of the Lord to come upon our children in all fullness, with the signs in Isa 11: 2-5 following them? Do we want them to expreience the outpouring spoken of by the prophet Joel? We spoke in many blogs earlier about the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the believer.

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR CONFIRMATION OF THE CHILD’S DESTINY

Jesus himself had hands laid on Him in His early life by Simeon, a man of God who was filled with the Holy Ghost. He took up the baby Jesus in his arms, blessed God and spoke words confirming that He was the Son of God. I myself have laid hands on pregnant women and prophesied about the unborn child, the Lord confirming His words as the child grew. This is a needed ministry in the church. John the Baptsit, Jesus, Samuel and others were filled with the Holy Ghost from the womb. What about your unborn child? Do you know the destiny of the child? The laying on of hands by holy men and women of God who are filled with the Holy Ghost is an excellent means of covering your child and setting him or her into his destiny.

THE LAYING ON OF HANDS FOR THE IMPARTATION OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO THE CHILD

This is similar to the laying on of hands for the transformation of the child, but I would like to deal with it separately for emphasis. Paul’s example to Timothy points to the reason why parents brought children to Jesus for him to pray over and bless their children. What did He say when He prayed and blessed is revealed by Paul. This is such an important strategy that Paul spoke of it to Timothy, not once or twice, but three times. He had become Timothy’s spiritual father and bishop and imparted something to the young man while functioning in that role. Fathers, Bishops, Pastors, Apostles etc, do you see Jesus’ example and love for the future generations? The first reference is found in 1 Tim 1: 18 in which Paul said, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare.” Timothy had been ordained by Paul as a minister of the gospel (given a charge) through the prophetic revelation. Details of the charge are laid out in the letters written to Timothy. For example, on element of the charge is revealed in Paul’s exhortation that Timothy should charge the brethren to teach no other doctrine than the one they had received about the Lord Jesus (1 Tim 1:3). THe days of the early church must have been quite challenging, especially since the issue of the law and grace taught by Paul was disputed by false teachers who would lead the believers astray. Timothy’s appointment to the ministry was not by association with Paul but by divine prophetic utterance.

Paul continued to instruct his spiritual son Timothy in the matters related to the conduct of the ministry and in 1 Tim 4: 18, he gave the young man a reminder about the spiritual gifts that he possessed. This reminder was that Timothy should not “neglect…the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery”. We learnt previously that a charge had been given to Timothy by prophecy and now that he had also received a gift by prophecy and by the laying on of hands. An example of the presbytery is found in Acts 13:1 – 4, where the Holy Spirit had confirmed to the prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch, that Paul and Barnabas should be released for the work to which God had called them. They had known in advance about the work to which they had been called, but in the case of Timothy, the knowledge of his work as a minister in the kingdom was new and unknown to him and being revealed in prophecy, with more than one prophet and/or teacher confirming that this indeed was true. Maybe Timothy’s gift was the privilege of preaching the full truth of the gospel as a youth, but I am fully sure. I deduced from Paul’s reference to Timothy’s youthfulness in 1 TIm 4: 14. The third reference that Paul made to Timothy is found in 2 Tim 1: 6b, when he told him that I “put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands”. Since had Paul referred in the previous verse to the “unfeigned faith that is in thee”, it is possible that Timothy had been imparted with the gift of faith for working signs and wonders. Remember that Paul’s own ministry was accompanied by mighty miracles, and it is certain that he would have expected the young man to follow in his footsteps as his spiritual father.

I hope that you are transferring the word to your life as a parent or spiritual leader. Are you imparting gifts of the Spirit to your children, whether they are natural or spiritual? Are you constantly reminding them about the gifts and the need to use the gifts? Do they have opportunities to exercise the gifts or are they being turned away by unbelieving disciples? I cannot overstate the importance of the laying on of hands. I myself have laid hands on and prophecied destiny into many young people to the honor and glory of God. Where are we today? This word of the Lord is a now word, a word for us to follow through on.

Blessings! Next time I return, I will speak about signs and wonders in the life of the child for building faith. I did speak briefly some time ago about this in relation to the parent in the home, but the Lord gave me some new understandings after I heard Pastor Walker’s teaching in Bible Study last night at LFT. He was teaching about signs and wonders following believers in the series titled “Jesus only”. As I meditated on the teachings this morning, the Lord showed me that children were involved in two of the scriptures he taught from. Remember the little boy with the 5 loaves and two fishes? Now here are Jarius’ daughter (Lk 8: 41- 56), the nobleman’s son (JN 4: 46). How about the son of the widow of Zarephat and the son of the Shunnamite woman to name a few? See where we are going next time? OK. Beat me to it! Blessings! Thanks for reading.

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