‘Laying on of Hands’ The Good News, January 1983 The doctrine of the “laying on of hands” is of critical importance to real Christians. It is through this ceremony that God imparts His Holy Spirit to those truly called, repentant and in the process of dedicating their lives to God’s service. In the Bible, this ceremony was used in a wide variety of circumstances. It was generally performed by an individual ordained or commissioned by God. The ceremony centered around God’s servant praying aloud as he placed his hands on the recipient of his petitions. It was a formal request to God, usually for a specific blessing, gift or authority, as in an ordination. It was usually a simple, short ceremony, but filled with meaning. Let’s notice some of the interesting and varied ways in which men of God have used the laying on of hands.