Praying with Anointing Oil
Posted on June 17, 2014
Using anointing oil for prayer or any other use such as sanctification or consecration of people, homes, or churches is sometimes a confusing subject. For some, it seems like an antiquated ritual, others are unsure if they are "good enough" to use anointing oil for themselves or in serving others. The reality is, anointing oil itself holds no magical or mystical powers. God alone makes oil or water holy in His name.
Anointing oil is a powerful tool for believers. It is a symbolic representation of our faith in Jesus Christ to answer our prayers for others and ourselves. Over history, ointment or balm with true medicinal attributes have been used for physical healing. Traditional fragrances have been used as a perfume for hygiene or aesthetic purposes. I write about using anointing oil with prayer today because I want to encourage other believers to feel certainty that it is an acceptable and useful tool. Many of our customers employ scented anointing oil as they pray each morning so that the fragrance reminds them throughout the day that Christ is with them or perhaps to pray more often.
Using scented anointing oil when praying over others is another way to provide a lingering sense of fellowship and belonging. Just imagine that you are ill or your heart is hurting. A fellow believer offers his or her time and attention to pray with you and offers to anoint you with oil. Throughout the day, the lasting aroma reminds you that someone cared enough to share their faith and that Jesus will answer your prayers. ”And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him”. (1 John 5:14-15)
When using anointing oil during prayer, it is important to remember that the anointing oil is only a tangible symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ. Just like the water of baptism has not power in and of itself. It is just a symbol of our rebirth as we announce to the world that we are believers. Anointing oils have no “special power” in and of themselves. It is the omniscient Trinity of God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that performs miracles and answers our faithful prayers…with or without anointing oil.
You, as many believers who use anointing oil with prayer, may find its scent is beneficial throughout the day to encourage more frequent prayer, to remind you that Jesus is living within your heart, or to inspire you to share your faith with others. Whatever growth you need in your faith journey, you may find anointing oil is a useful tool to help you overcome our human frailties like doubt and forgetfulness. It is important to remember not to make an idol of your oil. It is a only a symbol or tool to enhance your experiences of prayer, worship, serving, praising, and trusting in the Lord.
Oil of Gladness comes in a variety of pleasing fragrances as well as unscented. The small vials, roll-on dispensers, and no-mess balms are all great ways to try anointing oil during your prayer time anywhere, any time of the day.
Please share your experiences using anointing oil with prayer. Do you have favorite prayers or habits? What was the impact on your faith journey?