Prayer oil and worship
In one of the most shocking passages in the Bible, the prophet Ezekiel likens the city of Jerusalem to a newborn baby girl who has been discarded in a field to die. (Chapter 16) Then God passed by where she was, saw her, and loved her. The King of Heaven stooped down and picked her up, wrapped her in His own garment and adopted her. He washed her blood from off of her and anointed her with oil.
Before Christ passed by our lives, like that baby girl, we were in a desperate condition. We were unable to help ourselves. Without divine intervention we would be dead. He came to where we were, stooped down to pick us up, clothed us in His righteousness and made us his children. He washed our guilt away and anointed us with His Holy Spirit, the Comforter. He fell in love with us, even when we were sinners.
When we anoint ourselves with prayer oil, we recall our time when we were helpless, alone and in need of salvation. We remember the time when we first experienced that deepest of theological truths: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.”
When we anoint ourselves in preparation for prayer, we cast our mind back to the day when Jesus saved us. Prayer oil helps set apart our time of worship and reminds us of what Jesus has done in our lives.
But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil. (Psalm 92:10)