Anointing  

We wrote this page to address the questions people may have about anointing.  We have found this to be a helpful practice in living the new life in Christ.

Why anoint?

 Who can anoint people

When to anoint:

What to use to anoint with: Oil is most commonly used in anointing (John 12:3,James 5:14, Mark 6:13), though other substances can be used.  Incredibly, Jesus used clay and spit to anoint a blind man's eyes and healed him in John 9:6.  Prior to using oil or any other substance, we ask the Lord to bless it and use it as a holy medium for His purposes. The significance of anointing is not in the substance used, but rather in the spiritual reason behind the anointing. 

What to anoint:  People, places and things were anointed throughout the Bible.  When we consider the different reasons for anointing, we can understand what ought to be anointed.  Here are some suggestions of things to anoint:

What to say when you anoint: James 5:14 instructs us to anoint  "in the name of the Lord."  We express the name of the Lord in the three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is also mentioned in Matthew 28:19  Here is a suggested wording for anointing in the name of the Lord:

“I anoint ___________ in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” 

While we speak the above words,  we lightly wet our fingertip with oil and touch the object with it. 

Take it seriously: Anointing is a significant act.  It behooves us to do our best to ensure that the things we anoint will not be used to dishonor God.  This idea is found in Leviticus 21:11-12 NIV.  God said the priest “Must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God.”  Likewise, we should honor the dedication we have made to the Lord when we anoint.  

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