The Power of Hands Raised in Prayer

As a Born-again Believer, have you ever thought about the power of hands raised in prayer? If not, this article is for you.

This morning I was going through Exodus chapter 17 and came across a part that talks about Moses being in prayer with his hands raised. The context has been explained very well in the following verses.

8The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.(Exodus 17, 8-13)

In the above scriptures, what we find is:

 Each time when Moses kept his hands raised; the Israelites were winning against the Amalekites, but each time when he put his hands down, the Israelites were losing. Here, we see a divine power working through Moses’ posture in prayer.

Well, Saints, you might wonder; what is the significance of a particular posture in prayer?

We often have different postures while we pray. Some kneel down and pray, some sit on a chair and pray, some even sit on the floor and pray. Anyway, all these postures are suitable  for prayer.

However, A posture in prayer with your hands raised has a special meaning and significance; that is what we are going to examine next:

  • Raised hands in prayer reflects the humbleness of a person’s heart.
  • When two hands are raised; it shows that, the person is relying only on God Almighty  for help.
  • Raised hands indicates that, the person has completely surrendered himself before the God Almighty.

Even in secular context, two hands raised means surrender right? Especially during a War; if the enemy comes before you and raise his two hands, it means: he is willing to surrender before you. Right?  

If any situation that requires a “humble attitude”, that is surely when we go before the LORD Almighty in prayer.

Moses understood this truth very well, that is the reason why, on that critical day of fighting the most formidable enemy of Israel, Moses decides to go before the LORD in prayer with his hands raised.

 Here, what we see is, God made the Amalekites surrender before Moses when he surrendered himself completely before God.

Similarly, God Almighty will make your enemies surrender before you, when you surrender yourself completely before God.

 Anyway, From Moses’ example, we could learn a few things, they are:

  • When we face formidable challenges in our Christian walk, we too should surrender before God as Moses did.
  • When we feel our enemies are too strong for us, instead of seeking man’s help, we should first seek God’s help by going on our knees in prayer with our hands raised.
  • This raised hands in prayer will definitely convince the LORD that; we have completely surrendered ourselves before HIM and now, we rely only on HIS power for success against our enemies.

Also, we could learn a few things about the importance of hands raised in prayer from Asaph’s life. Let us examine psalm 77.

 1I cried out to God for help;I cried out to God to hear me. 2When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. (Psalm 77, 1-2)

 Psalm 77 describes a situation in which the servant of God – Asaph is going through some tough challenges in his life and he is crying out to God Almighty.

At night he stretched out his untiring hands and refused to be comforted and finally:

God Answers his prayers by bringing deliverance in his life.  

Similarly, if you are going through tough challenges in your life too, remember, we worship a God who answers our prayers.

Do not hesitate to go before Him with your hands raised in prayer just as Moses did, just as Asaph did.

Definitely HE will answer you from Heaven. Amen.

Stay Blessed

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