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Why Lift Up Hand In Church

Why do people lift up "Holy hands" in church?

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 ---Whisper on 10/26/07
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I never think of my hands being "Holy" hands.

But when I stretch my hands up, it is in adoration of God, and that I need more of His touch, that is my personal thought but I love the scriptures you have found on this, and I would love to hear Cynthia's story some time soon.
---Whisper on 10/29/07


Recall how as long as Moses lifted up his hands, God's people prevailed against their enemy, but when he put his hands down they began to lose (ref: Exodus 17:8-13). We lift up our hands up to God to worship and praise him. Please Read- Psalm 134+ Lamentations 3:40,41. And we also clap our hands applauding him and in praises to him. Please Read- Psalm 47:1+ 100.
---Eloy on 10/29/07


When I was worshipping in church, I saw the people transformed into vessels that had their hands lifted up in worship and praise: And I saw the Spirit of God come forward and move over top of each vessel, and pour himself into each vessel, filling them all up of himself.
---Eloy on 10/29/07


Lifting up hands is a form of surrender,whether to praise God with adoration and love,to give ones self up to the move of God,and to display the freedom God gives us in serving Him,a way to show God we give our all to Him.
---Darlene_1 on 10/28/07


Actually Whisper I posted this a almost two months ago and people didn't like my question.
I say its because the Bible tells us to. What better answer is there?
---MichelleS on 10/28/07




The orans or orante position (as it's called) has been a posture of prayer in both Christianity and Judaism.

One of the oldest pictures of Christian worship shows the Church personified as a woman praying with outstrecthed arms. On a three-legged table is bread, wine, and a fish.

Think about it.

Do it if devotion so prompts, and don't if it doesn't, and let there be no bickering.
---Jack on 10/27/07


Basically, the raising of "holy hands" is a form of worship. The psalmist, in Ps.28:2, 63:4,119:48,and 134:2, talks of "lifting" our hands to the Lord.
---tommy3007 on 10/27/07


from spiritfilled/worship
Mainline and evangelical Christians use much of their worship services to inform and teach. This is in line with the earliest tradition of the Church and with the need to make sure that the Gospel is heard among us, lest we forget what it is.
---Andrea on 10/27/07


PT2 The main critiques of this are:it sets up the form or structure of the worship service as a new sort of Law, straightjacketing the Holy Spirit,
it's hard for the worshipping Christian to be intimate with God in ways other than just thought processes.
This critique is often taken to an extreme,but its point is well-taken. Sometimes (especially in some parts of the Reformed and Baptist traditions),the lecture...,sermon overwhelms worship,the service becomes a gussied-up classroom session.
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---Andrea on 10/27/07


A symbol of surrendering. An act of worship. Because that's what they've been taught to do. Everybody else is doing it. There's multiple reasons. Ultimately, if you raise your hands, do it unto the Lord, not for man. It's not in the gestures, but the heart. Raising the hands, or keeping them down, if you are worshipping the Lord, than does it really matter?
---kady on 10/27/07




I heard a great analogy once. You remember when Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem and the people took the palm branches and waved them back and forth as He rode by? Well, think about this, and it really made sense to me- Hold up your arm-God made us with palms on our hands so that we could praise Him with them. Our arms would represent the branch and our fingers the leaves. We wave them in the air to give Him praise whenever He is in our presence. what do you think?
---Angela on 10/27/07


Hi Whisper, I believe that it is a show of respect and reverance to our Lord. I myself lift up my hands to God . A lot of times when I am driving, I have praise and Worship music on in the car and I will raise my hands while I am singing to the Lord(only one hand though, got to keep one hand on the steering wheel!). One day I would like to share a story with everyone about one particular time when I was in my car singing to the Lord, but another time for this story is rather long.
---Cynthia on 10/26/07


Why not? Because they are praising and worshiping God. Ps 141:2, Lam 3:41, Ps 124:2. Do you not raise your hands and praise God?
---Rebecca_D on 10/26/07


Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psa 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Psa 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

When you do this you know it is an act of adoration.
---Andrea on 10/26/07


there are 7 words in the Hebrew for praise and worship and none of them mean to sit still or be quiet. lifting hands, claping, dancing, these are just a few Biblical forms of worship. we are to worship the God in spirit and in truth. if you lift your hands in a sport event or concert and never worship in church shame on you. Jesus is worthy.
---Kraus on 10/26/07


Raising hands is a sign of surrender to God. Surrendering our hearts and minds to him. Since we are to worship God in spirit and in truth, raising the hands is a very natural and humbling thing to do in God's presence.
---Robyn on 10/26/07


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Perhaps it is because of this statement made in the Bible first Timothy 2:8," I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." Lifting up holy hands seems to be pleasing to Almighty God!!!
---Mima on 10/26/07


not99 So funny. Ha, HA. Better watch it tho.
---catherine on 10/26/07


Because the want to be excused to go to the rest room.
---notlaw99 on 10/26/07


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