Why Do We Lift Our Hands?

Four12 Global Adam Hellyer, ARTICLES, WORSHIP


In praise

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” Psalm 134:2

In Prayer

“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” Psalm 141:2

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer…” 1 Timothy 2:8

In Surrender

Lifting of hands is a universal sign of surrender.

When we come to God in worship lifting our hands is a physical demonstration of the surrender in our heart and mind to His Lordship. Lifting our hands is also a form of supplication. Like a man drowning in water, we lift up our hands to be saved. Unlike in war, when surrender means captivity and humiliation; surrender to God means freedom to be raised up and live life to the full.

Today if you have never raised your hands to God in worship or prayer, take the plunge! Lift up holy hands.


Adam serves as a leader in Joshua Generation Church where he pastors and teaches the Bible. He has a particular passion for worship and apologetics. You can follow Adam on his blog and Facebook.

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