Do you lift your hands in prayer? A child lifts her hands up when she sees her dad. Every child of God lifts his hands towards God, the Heavenly Father. How we need Him for everything in our lives. Isn’t it wonderful to live daily knowing that even if the world may forsake you, the heavenly Father never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Paul says everyone lift up holy hands without wrath and doubt in prayer.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
1 Timothy 2:8
What’s the significance of lifting hands? How should we lift our hands?
Lifting up our hands signifies complete surrender. When a solider holds up a gun on another, he says, “hands up”. The other lifts their hands in surrender. Of course. God is not pointing any gun at us. He, in fact, has already blessed us in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Many lift their hands in prayer but their lifting is not backed by a lifestyle of obedience. We are holy to God, special and chosen for Himself (Deuteronomy 7:6)
What’s necessary when you lift your hands in prayer?
The work of our hands needs to glorify God. (James 4:8)
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
We learn how to fight our enemy (devil) with sword of the word of God, in prayer and meditation.
Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
We are no longer holy in His sight if we host anger or bitterness against anyone in our hearts. Those who walk humbly, and honestly before others will never host any negative feelings against another human being knowing he himself is forgiven and loved even though he was a sinner. (Ephesians 4:30-32)
When we pray doubting, God does not answer the prayer (James 1:6-8). Let’s go believing into His presence. If we enter in lifting hands in surrender, we’ll come out lifting hands in praise.
Let’s lift up our hands and hearts to God to lead us as we await His soon appearing. Maranatha, Praise God and Amen!
Used with permission from Nehemiah Zion.