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Lifting Of Hands In Your Church

The Bible says in first Timothy 2:8 "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." Does this lifting up of holy hands take place in your church?

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I never saw that type of worship in the Bible.

Oddly, the services I attended the people know they are going be hit with the HOLY SPIRIT seconds after they hang over their infant to someone.

Or they know how to fall without hurting themselves.
---Nicole_Lacey on 6/10/15


\\Be dif ones even to jump up & down, even run. But being in Spirit of The Living Go\\

Where in the NT are people described as jumping up and down in Christian worship?

BCV, please.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/9/15


Yes, & it's Right. Be dif ones even to jump up & down, even run. But being in Spirit of The Living God.
If one or ones playing doing it fake, for Sure your sins will find you out.
---Lawrence on 6/1/15


ModeratorPermit- Thanks! 2014 Jan.
. ..... Prayer for Sis.Trish
Heavenly Father, Allow me to ask a sincere prayer for our Sis.Trish, she suffers so much,we are to pray even when we do not understand our thorn

Our flesh is as grass,need a helper,we need a healer who can we run to? A song but oh! So true only Lord Jesus to you.

Please give Trish a rich moment a happy moment,she will recover by the touch of your hand on her wounded hands. .That precious Blood of Jesus' can heal all our pain wounds,physical & other. Thankyou already for what you going to do.amen.
Rejoice my friend God Can Do what NO one can do. Lidia4796
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---Lidia4796 on 1/15/14


Warwick, I agree with what you said here,
"Are you saying Christians should not express joy about the fact that God sent our Saviour?"
We should have that joy all the time. I have never lost my joy no matter the trials I have been through.
And it is a wonderful joy to be together with others who have the same joy as you do. Anyone who thinks it is wrong to have that joy, has to be outside the faith. I believe when it is for show purposes then it is wrong.
---Mark_V. on 1/1/14




Steven, do you have a problem with "joy" used in the verses below? Do you say there is something wrong with this joy?

"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory," 1 Peter 1:8.

"behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit" Isaiah 65:14

Are you saying Christians should not express joy about the fact that God sent our Saviour?
---Warwick on 12/31/13


Cluny:

You asked: Is it divine joy, or mere animal frenzy and emotionalism such as one sees at a pep rally or athletic event?

I've seen both. Sometimes they are easy to tell apart, but sometimes they're not.

If a preacher can't get his message across without whipping his congregation into an emotional frenzy first, it's likely purely emotional (i.e. flesh) rather than spirit.

For pure emotionalism, I'd rather attend a KISS concert. At least there, there's no pretense about what is going on. (And no, I don't like KISS).
---StrongAxe on 12/31/13


steveng, I don't think anyone can define joy. joy is a happening that no person can understand unless they are born again. sometimes I feel like i'm on a high. that is because I am so happy in the Lord. if the druggies would be born of the Spirit, they wouldn't need drugs.
---shira4368 on 12/30/13


There are many levels of joy from the joy from within to the extreme.

Define joy.
---Steveng on 12/29/13


I have attended many churches of different denominations, world-wide and have noticed:

Some services are so human-centred/ritualistic that joy has been squeezed out of them.

Others are over the top in emotionalism.

However others are more in line with the joyfulness Scripture commands-and we have much to be joyful for. Where are we commanded to be joyless in worship?

"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory," 1 Peter 1:8.

"behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit" Isaiah 65:14
---Warwick on 12/28/13




\\But you also must allow those who wish to be joyful before the Lord to be so. \\

Is it divine joy, or mere animal frenzy and emotionalism such as one sees at a pep rally or athletic event?

Trust me, I've seen many Pentecostal preachers and others engage in pure fleshy cheerleading.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!
---Cluny on 12/27/13


Steven, I have spoken of expressing our praise and thanks to God joyfully. The Scriptures I gave are of Joy, not disorder. If you wish to worship in a quiet undemonstrative way please do so. But you also must allow those who wish to be joyful before the Lord to be so.

"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory," 1 Peter 1:8.

"behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit" Isaiah 65:14

See Psalm 98:4.

While we are talking about order is it man-made order or Godly order you approve of?
---Warwick on 12/27/13


getting pumped up for a frenzy is not the Holy Spirit. when the singing is for the glory of God, the Holy Spirit can make its self prevalent in any service when the Spirit is allowed to work. spiritual music can set how the Spirit works.
---shira4368 on 12/27/13


Warwick, show me in the bible where it says that a service must be orderly. One cannot have an orderly service if everyone is shouting. One cannot learn bible truth if one keeps on interrupting the service with a shout.

Warwick wrote: "One of the great problems with churches is that they develop cultures and customs of men confusing them with the way Jesus would have us worship."

Show me an event where Jesus spoke/taught in a temple with the members shouting and raising the hands.

All the reference showing the shouting and worshiping were outside the temple not within the temple of learning.
---Steveng on 12/26/13


Steven, I made my comments in regard to the question posed on this thread. Some churches have a very formal style of worship. Some have a more exuberant style. I believe no member should be forced to worship with hands hanging down or with hands raised.

One of the great problems with churches is that they develop cultures and customs of men confusing them with the way Jesus would have us worship.

I prefer to be in a lively congregation (which is Scriptural as I have shown) but do not impose my personality (exuberant) upon others.

There are a few in our church who appear to be asleep on their feet during singing. Should I tell them to wake up and show some feeling? I don't believe so.
---Warwick on 12/26/13


Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Heb 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
-Denominations are man based.
Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as [he did] unto us,
---micha9344 on 12/26/13


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Warwick wrote: "Steven, no one should be compelled to obey a certain church culture, to be acceptable."

If you are correct, then can a catholic priest preside over a protestant church? Can a baptist pastor preside over a catholic congregation?

If a member of a denominational church does not conform to their teachings that member would be an outcast. I know, I was one of many churches.
---Steveng on 12/26/13


Rita, I agree with your statements and maybe with Steven also. I do not believe Christians who already have the joy of Christ, need to get pump up to hear the Word. If they are truly saved, they should be anxious to hear the Word of God.
What is happening is that Christians lose their joy during the week, and go to church to get another jump start. Some even leave if there is not more music, the Word is boring to them. One pastor told me he added more singing in order to keep everyone happy, because its what they want. That it was important to get the people in the mode. There is nothing wrong with singing and raising of hands, but the Word is more important. They can always sing at home and listen to gospel music in their spare time.
---Mark_V. on 12/26/13


Thank you Warwick. I would like to assure you that I would never do or say anything to impede another person's way of worshipping. God did not make a world full of clones, he made us all individuals and we should all worship Him in the way feel He want US (the individual) to worship Him. If God tells me to raise hands be assured I'll raise them but not just becomes someone stares at me when I don't.
---Rita_H on 12/25/13


Rita, read the following:

Psalm 47:1 ...Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Psalm 81:1 "Sing aloud to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob!"

2 Samuel 6:14 "And David danced before the LORD with all his might."

Psalm 134:2 "Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!"

Psalm 98:6 "With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!"

I am confident God is not speaking of performers but true believers. Can we take these Scriptures to say the faithful should not be exuberant in worship?

We need to be careful we do not impede worship by imposing culture upon it!
---Warwick on 12/24/13


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warwick, I absolutely agree 100 % with you. those hair raising services don't come as often as I would like. one person in church can quench the Spirit. Ive seen that before. once the preacher quenched the Spirit during invitation and the whole atmosphere changed instantly. God was dealing with hearts and the preacher said "yall come to the altar Im hungry" wow, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. guess what? he died from obesity. his life was controlled by food.
---shira4368 on 12/24/13


Shira, I have been to churches where the singing of praise to God was so fervent, and real that I could neither sing or stand, because of His presence. I have been to other churches where the worship was so formulaic, so dry that I couldn't wait for the service to be over.

I can see nothing in Scripture which says God does not appreciate Godly exuberance, only the opposite.
---Warwick on 12/24/13


Warwick, I am certain that 'lukewarm' is not referring to the lack of actions of our body whilst worshipping God. I believe it is referring to how serious we are in our faith and how much we put that faith into action. There is more to 'actions' than raising hands or speaking in tongues.
Quietly telling someone about what God has done for us, praying silently for a sick person is faith in action as is cooking a meal for a sick friend. If done for God He's pleased.
Noisy and showy gestures just get a person noticed by people whilst God might have turned away.
---Rita_H on 12/24/13


warwick, I agree with you so much. sometimes the Holy Spirit is somber but strong. Ive been in services that made the hair stand up on my arm. the feeling cant be put in words. Ive seen people shout and the Spirit is strong then too. Ive never seen anyone showboat except once I saw a singer showboat but haven't seen them and I don't go where they are.
---shira4368 on 12/23/13


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Steven, no one should be compelled to obey a certain church culture, to be acceptable. It does not matter if one church has a culture of reserved formal worship and another is more relaxed and exuberant. We should not be compelled to fit in.

From what I see in Scripture (see my previous comments) God prefers the more exuberant.

"So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth" Revelation 3:16. Obviously lukewarmness is a no go! If we truly feel moved in worshiping God why should we stand with hands that hang down Hebrews 12:12.

"With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!" Psalm 98:6.
---Warwick on 12/23/13


God can be worshipped in many ways. People today associate shouting and lifting up their hands as being filled with the Spirit. But Christ never acted that way when He was filled with the Spirit. Remember, it is not the outward actions but the inward heart that exalts God. It is one thing to shout and lift up your hands outside of a temple, but in a temple the worship should be orderly. Satan loves to corrupt a worship service with shouting like fans of a football game and rolling on the floor as though possess by a demon to keep one from learning the bible. We surely do not want to put a stumbling block in the path of a newly born christian and scare the spirit from him, now do we?

1 Corinthians 14:40
John 4:24
---Steveng on 12/22/13


If we look beyong the traditions of men to God's word we see the truth. For example read Psalm 47:1 ...Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Psalm 81:1 "Sing aloud to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob!"

2 Samuel 6:14 "And David danced before the LORD with all his might."

Psalm 134:2 "Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!"

It seems God would have us sing loudly, and jump and shout before him, lifting our hands high.

Who are we to disagree?
---Warwick on 12/20/13


\\but I've never jumped,hooted,or hollered nor have I seen others do that.\\

I have seen it happen. Lots of times.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 12/19/13


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Cluny I mean both,remember I said as the Spirit leads. but I've never jumped,hooted,or hollered nor have I seen others do that. There is no hype,showboating,or things which would draw the focus and attention from God to ones self. Reverence for God is the main consideration. All must ask themselves is this respectful of God,does this honor Him,am I pleasing Him. If one has doubt in any area then they must not do anything but wait upon the Lord to guide them.
---Darlene_1 on 12/19/13


As 1 Timothy 2:8 says we are to lift our hands in praise and worship of God, why shouldn't we? This was not just a command to charismatics and pentecostals was it?

In contrast hands hanging down is a negative thing "Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,.." Hebrews 12:12.

People lift their hands and shout and cheer over a few men running around with a ball. Should we not be excited in the presence of He who saves us from hell?
---Warwick on 12/19/13


Darlene, hope your husband is doing well. I am Baptist and anyone who wants to shout or say amen is free to do so. it is a dead church that no one says "amen" in. we need some firey shouting preachers. the corbets sing "where is the fire" I love that song and it applies even today.
---shira4368 on 12/19/13


Mark V Dear Brother just a little information not all people who say Amen a lot are charismatic,in the South many Black churches of different denominations say Amen a lot. We had a precious Black,elderly lady in our church who wasn't Pentecostal,and her favorite thing was to say "Have Mercy". Lifting of hands is a surrender to God and show of respect and love for God. To me it is giving up all of our entire being to God to show him how much we love him. It all comes down to the bottom line do what one feels like the Spirit is leading them to do. We all answer to God and how we love Him and Praise Him is up to each person as the Word says Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 12/19/13


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Does this mean in the liturgical assembly or in private prayer?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/24/13


Bless you,Shira4368 so,good you are to me. Bk in the day yrs.ago! these people who run,hype up,the church usually,the most God forgive me,but,they NOT always but often keep up the dissention.the spanish church they call'em "the pillars" of the church (consider them the elect) Saw,2 people ( "pillars") fought over a sister they both was liking,what got me - she told them "I'm married!" & also,got in a fight about which one was due any $$ which of coarse, I told 'em I would give the church.they were "bigwigs" I guess you call them Some people I heard call them dignitaries! yeah, that theword I learn in english.. anyway, they Can be full of hype!
---Lidia4796 on 11/24/13


Wow Lydia, I have no desire to jump, hoot and holler in church. My English is southern for bring unruly. We do get in the spirit but I never had a desire to jump around. some modern churches get the congregation all hyped. They get an emotional high but it's not the spirit especially in the church I attended once.
---shira4368 on 11/23/13


Yes! It' an atmosphere all hype & if you do not jump to their way..you will be an out cast.

The spirit of the Lord should already be in you!
Like Bro. MarkV. says. We are to praise Him, even if in tough, rough,bad times. He knows if it's real.
we should have a praise in our hearts for Him! Ps.34:1,2,3.

Job said the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away blessed be the name of the Lord. Ps.84:5 Job1:21,22.

Keep in mind some people are weak or elderly, maybe not able to jump around,standup and give praise, in a song a lady was in so much pain she made a song...
" If I can just wave my hand!" sit'n down God still get the glory!
---Lidia4796 on 11/23/13


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Nothing wrong with raising hands, although it accomplishes the same thing spiritually as water baptism.
---michael_e on 11/22/13


There is nothing wrong with lifting of hands. I believe what makes this not very popular is when the people all lift hands in the air and make a lot of noise and dance around and constantly say 'amen'. These mostly happens in charismatic churches. Nothing wrong with singing whether hymns or Christian songs. It's when it gets out of hand to try to reach a high that is wrong, maybe not wrong but not authentic.
Many churches believe if you have a lot of music you can get the people in the mode. No one should need anything to get them in the mode. They should have that joy always.
---Mark_V. on 11/22/13


janz, I've been to churches that held hands up during a song that projected off a large screen. nothing wrong with that but what I saw was ritual and it worked up the people. one teen boy was dressed as if he was Jesus, and went around touching everyone. we hold hands up when the Spirit brings us to do it but it isn't a ritual like some I've seen. lidia, no one should judge like that girl was judged. if she gives a service, she should get tipped. after all, the watress could be a muslim, who knows. they should left a tip and a tract, even tho I don't believe in tracts.
---shira4368 on 11/18/13


our church donot lift hands up to worship The Almighty God who deserves it rightly. If the Bible says do so, then we should do also. Some do exactly what the Word says and some dont however, there are many who do things accordingly but with no heartfelt feelings at all. Yes, if the Word says do, then we should all do it. He is an awesome God who is so deserving of our worship and praises.
---janz on 11/18/13


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Hello,thankyou,Mary be happy,he deserves the respect none the less,I believe every vet deserves the respect. I am going to share something, I probably going to be "sacked" for it,but, I do not care. I read how this young woman a waitress in N.J. She went to war got bk from I believe Afghanistan.She waits tables,some people did not give her a tip but left her a note"We did not leave you a tip,you need to change your lifestyle!" They assume she is gay.I feel that is wrong.It went viral.we need to respect any veteran.I tried to make it in the Army.I did not,ear & eyes not good enough.Most of my family fought,died for this country.
---Lidia4796 on 11/18/13


Amen Lidia, beautiful prayer. :) I am so glad my husband is a vet (not a war vet but a vet nonetheless)--he was able to get 4 months of alcoholism treatment at the Domiciliary--and is coming home today!!! :) :) Hallelujah!! God bless your day, love and hugs, Mary
---Mary on 11/15/13


Moderator Permit- Father of heaven & earth,my mind brings me to open up in prayer for our Vets.Our veterans & allies,who have served this United States & the commonweath,that belong to it.Father I have seen vets,who gave no food,no home,while too,We have Vets also,who sleep,long gone but let's not forget them.Take a moment ,today in prayer,Lord be with & provide every need for Vets,their families.In Jesus name.amen.
---Lidia4796 on 11/11/13


In my wonderful Messianic Jewish congregation we lift our hands - we dance unto the L-rd. Our dances are choreographed - sometimes they are fast, sometimes slow - depending on the music. This is a beautiful and wonderful way to worship the Messiah.
---Gophylann on 6/14/12


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Notlaw99, first you say that you discourage lifting hands because it is an annoyance to worshipers, then you say that we are not there to be entertained. If worship is for God and not to entertain or please us, then someone else' worship shouldn't be an annouance to us. You contradict yourself. If we are concerned about someone else lifting their hands, then we are obviously not in the mind-set of worshiping God, but making ourselves comfortable.
---Jed on 6/14/12


The word"humble"appears in the Scriptures 70 times. do word search and you will find what it means from God's point of view.When we worship, do we please ourselves, or please God? "No flesh shall glory in my presence"Do not quench the Spirit"Worship in reverence and Godly fear. Be still before the Lord your God.The muslim faith must laugh at what western worship has become.They still bow down in silence? Where is the devil at?
---James.D. on 6/14/12


It is just fine for a person to lift hands, shout, run, speak in tongues, and things of that nature, only if God is in it. If one is doing these things among other things in self, that is where it becomes just wrong. When the power of the Holy Ghost comes upon me, I can't sit there and be quiet. Close your eyes and have your mind upon God and all he's done, you will feel the power of the Holy Ghost come on you and you'll not be able to sit there. You might just take off running, shouting at the same time.
---Rebecca_D on 3/29/08


If you lift your hands in church you must put them down. That is, if they are unholy. I knew of a false preacher who made a show of this. God hates your fake, false, unholy, sacrifices.
---catherine on 3/28/08


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Notlaw ... I don't like waving and dancing around myself.
But there is no doubt it is what happened with David.
And there is nothing wrong with it, if it the expression of folks love of god, and their worship of Him
---alan_of_UK on 3/28/08


1) Notlaw99...according to the Bible, God encourages this kind of worship...you are the one who finds it an abomination. Have you ever seen Jewish people dance before the Lord...believe me, it's not some subtle, sweet, quiet type of ballet. It's all out, radical worship before the Lord, just as it was in the Old Testament. God even sent out the musicians and dancers before the army when they went into battle in the OT, because this is very powerful worship and spiritual warfare. God did not send some...
---Holly4jc on 3/28/08


2) ...ballerinas out, on their tippy toes. No offense, but for someone who calls himself "notlaw" you seem to be kinda legalistic. As I said before...the Lord's Word says to come before Him with dancing, clapping of hands, playing instruments, raising holy hands and so on. If God was against all this and it was an "abomination" to Him, He would not have put it in His Word, wouldn't He? He didn't have any problem telling us those things He DOES consider an "abomination".
---Holly4jc on 3/28/08


Ever hear of these different jewish words for worth-ship...
1.)"TODAH"= To exend one's hands in praise (#8426-Strongs) Ps. 22:25, or optional... (#3034-Strongs) Lifting one hand in agreement
2.) "YODAH" To Extend one's hands, or thrash the air with one's hands To HIS Greatness!
3) Dancing your praise to God, like David, or Miriam, Ps 149:3, 150:4
I'm pretty sure satan would not like you to be praising God at this level! BUT... you could just stay mad at others who do.
---timotheus on 3/27/08


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Holly4jc, you don't get the point when when a religious ballet performance is used as a portion of a service it is right and proper as at that time it if the focus of activity. But when everyone is just waving their hands around and doing their own thing it is just kilos and a abomination toward God.
---notlaw99 on 3/27/08


Notlaw99...good thing you weren't around when King David danced before the Lord or when the people of Israel danced and worshipped the Lord with instruments, shouts and the blowing of trumpet/shofar. At least God never complained, He rather liked it and even encourages us in His Word to dance, clap, shout, play instruments, lift holy hands and so on.
---Holly4jc on 3/27/08


I do not condone demonstrative activities during worship services as it is prejudicial to good order and an annoyance to other worshipers attending the service. Likewise I do not appreciate applause for music during the church service for the same reason. You are not their to be entertained.
---notlaw99 on 3/27/08


I will pray for you Mima. In my church we have freedom to praise. We raise our hands, we dance, we shout, we clap our hands, we sing. To be shunned for what the bible tells us to do is simply horrible. My advice is to pray that God will lead to to where HE wants you to be. God Bless dear sister.
---Mikki on 3/27/08


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Mima you are thousands of years behind. Lifting of hands has been around before Christ. What kind of church do you belong to?Every church should have llifting of hands,clapping hands and rejoicing to our Lord and King. If not-something is seriously wrong.
---Robyn on 3/26/08


Yes.

What church do you think invented it?
---Jack on 3/26/08


Hi y'all, this is going to sound so silly, I know, but most times I don't lift my hands just because I feel they are ugly! Really! :/ Yet if really led by God, especially during a song about surrender, I will lift my "less ugly" arm lol :D
---Mary on 7/25/07


Honey...I have been lifting my hands in church for over 50 years. This is nothing new. Not only do I lift my hands, I jump, shout scream, speak in tongues, dance, cry, worship, praise...everything we can to please God.We sing, play instruments. We just give ourselves over to the Lord and let Him have his way with us. What kind of church do you attend? I am wrung out and happy when I leave my church services. Wrung out and satisfied to the uttermost from worshipping and praising my God! Hallelujah!
---Robyn on 7/25/07


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Yes, many of us lift up our hands during praise and worship and in agreement with the preacher when he is preaching!
---Susie on 7/25/07


I was raised Baptist and never really saw it other than the Pastor or the worship team. In my non-denominational church, I see it more often.
---Precious on 2/21/07


** Willow I asked the question because of at least two experiences I know of, one of which was mine,... **

Et reliqua.

Mima, isn't it funny how people confuse mere cultural things for ordinances of God?

As I have said, Baptists claim the individual has the right to interpret the Scripture as he sees fit--but a person's interpretation had better not differ ONE WHIT from those around him.
---Jack on 1/25/07


Anyone, and I do not care if it's the pope, calls down someone for lifting their hands in church, will have to answer to God for it one day. It is God's power being shown through an individual. May God have mercy.
---CATHERINE on 1/24/07


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I have attended a few churches where there was no lifting of hands in praise or prayer. I had never experienced it till I went on the mission field for two weeks and worshiped with some who did. I found it blessed me when I did it, but when I came home, I did not feel free to do that. The church I am at now allows the freedom to raise hands in worship and praise.
---Madison1101 on 1/24/07


Yes,
Lifting of hands is a part of praise and worship in my church.
---lynet on 1/24/07


I believe in lifting up hands in praise to God, Lifting up holy hands giving him the praise and complete surrender to God. Lord I surrender my all to thee
---wisea7358 on 1/24/07


(Psalms 28:2) Hear my cry for mercy
as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your Most Holy Place.
(Psalms 63:4)I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

(Psalms 134:2) Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.
(Psalms 141:2)May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
There is nothing wrong with it.
---Mattthew on 1/24/07


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Some lift up their hands, -angry, Culturally, men raise fists and fingers. Elevate yourself representing God in holiness, while retaining conscious thought in the truth. Some lose reasoning. It's about thoughtfulness, not tossing the mind out the window. It's the power of God's creation. His creative power, His Spirit, and His might. The hands are used to synbolize the Creators Reign, and Creative power. Ps 95:5 "The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land."
---jhonny on 1/24/07


Willow I asked the question because of at least two experiences I know of, one of which was mine, in which individuals have been called down for raising their hands in Baptist Church. The same Baptist, when I received the gift of tongues, really begin to shun me.
---Mima on 1/24/07


Mima
don't you lift your hands or are you asking us if it is ok,or not?
---willow on 1/23/07


I lift my hands in total surrender to God and I close my eyes as I sing praise or worship songs. The songs is for Him so you concentrate while singing and seems natural to lift your hands to give Him your adoration, honor and respect. The Holy Spirit is always present during singing. Singing is other form of prayer. agnes6677
---Agnes on 1/23/07


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Lifting up your hands in prayer does happen in some churches, having a prayer meeting in your home as well, so just lift your hands up to God and praise Him without any doubts.
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---mary on 1/23/07


I love lifting my hands. I can only do it if the power of God is in it. I have really notice this. If it is not with ease and the power is not there, then it does not happen. But yes, I love witnessing for Jesus in that way, especially in church, because there is so many people lost sitting in the church. Here again I can only do this if the power of God in on it .
---CATHERINE on 1/23/07


Yes,to me it represents worship,
praise,and surrender to Christ.
---carol on 1/23/07


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