“Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
So this was the practice common in the early Church presumably with prayer, the laying in of hands to receive the Holy Spirit.
It still happens today in many churches, for prayer of various kinds and of course for the Holy Spirit.
Some don’t like to lay hands so they hold them slightly above the person in a hovering action!
Others don’t believe at all and keep their hands in their pockets just in case!
Jesus told us to lay hands on people who are sick. Paul laid hands on people, so we know this is Biblical.
Here’s what I think:
1. We don’t have powerful hands.
2. Answers whether they are healing, guidance, or the Holy Spirit do not come out of our hands.
3. Hands are comforting and encouraging, to receiving the touch of someone shows concern and compassion and it is relaxing.
4. If you use anointing oil then presumably you would apply with your hands but again the power is not in the oil.
5. If you are not going to pray then you could be laying hands on a person for hours and nothing happen!
6. Laying hands is a help to both the one praying and the one receiving for it keeps the focus on where you are wanting God to touch and move.
7. There is no transference only that of love from the one praying to the one receiving but those who look onward can often admire only the outward.