In all my years in the body of Christ through my own denomination, I’ve only heard of one local church using anointing oil in their prayer meetings. To be honest, I was taken aback. At the time, I knew what James 5 said, but up to that point, I had not seen it in practice.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make them well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-16, TNIV, emphasis added)
So is this one of those texts that most local churches and denominations have applied that cafeteria approach to the interpretation of Scripture to? You know, we don’t mind the singing, praying, confessing, and healing in the name of the Lord, but the anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, we have no spiritual appetite for it, because most of us see it as an antiquated practice.