THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 27: Lifting Hands In Prayer: Holy Hands
(I Timothy 2: 8)
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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: We come standing and depending on the Lord as He will provide all our needs. Let not the hearts of the righteous be troubled. We also pray for those that know not righteousness as we know that seeing God will free any slave to the world and things. We stand grateful brethren for the power and miracle of prayer. Thank you Lord.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved Paul was ordained as a preacher and as an Apostle. However the word ordain that we see at verse 7 that precedes our primary verse noted at I Timothy 2: 8 has various meanings. We also note that the word ordain as used to note preaching credentials is not noted in scripture. Therefore is the ordaining of preachers by the brethren scriptural during the times in which we live? Who ordains preachers God and Christ or man?
Meanwhile as we lift up our hands in prayer we pray that we will remain holy and in the Spirit. Follow us now to our primary verse where the Apostle Paul writes to his beloved son Timothy.
I Timothy 2: 8: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.”
The lifting of holy hands at this place refers to men that are living holy and righteous lives. This is also a reflection of the ancient practice that reveals the lifting of holy hands in a respectful petition to God. Meanwhile this command pertains to the kinds of hands lifted up. It is not involved with the posture of the person praying. We can pray in any posture it only has to be in a respectful manner. Thus we come praying without ceasing everywhere and any everywhere we goeth. However we must be immune to wrath and doubting. We come thus not in anger as to inflict punishment in prayer upon someone else. We pray for our enemies as well as our friends, neighbors and family. We also come believing and not doubting the Lord. Those that come otherwise come not in a suitable posture for prayer.
Now follow us to several scriptural references that relate directly to the lifting of hands in a respectful petition to God.
Nehemiah 8: 6: “And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.”
Here at the 8th Division of Nehemiah we see Ezra renewing the covenant by reading the law. Meanwhile Nehemiah gathers the people to hear Ezra read God’s Law. The Lord is the source of our blessings. Thus Nehemiah begins the verse here noted with blessing the Lord. The people in turn endorsed and agreed with this message and said Amen, Amen. In the Hebrew language Amen is defined as truly. As they bowed their heads they lifted up tier hands in great respect for the Lord. To worship here is to pay homage to God. Meanwhile the people did not lay prostrate on the ground however their faces were bent to the ground in respect for the Lord.
Now follow us over to Lamentations where we find another direct cross reference regarding the lifting of hands in prayer.
Lamentations 3: 41: “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.”
Beloved we always should come to prayer in a sincere manner. Our hearts should also be right with God when we pray. We must have a clean and sincere heart to get a prayer through. Frivolous prayers without a fixation on a sincere heart are not suitable for the praying saints. However the Holy Spirit will fix your heart and your Godly sincerity if you love the Lord.
At the 134th Division of Psalms we find another cross reference.
Psalms 134: 2: “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”
This verse renders the same thought rendered at our primary scripture noted at I Timothy 2:8. The lifting of hands is a gesture of both respect and appeal. The word sanctuary here means the house or place of worship (church etc.). However it means a place of holiness when the attitude of those that come to worship is the point. Therefore one does not have to be at an assigned place to have a worship service. But we also note that one would only invite holy and righteous men to take part in a praise service to God.
Beloved we will stay in Psalms for several concluding scriptural references on our discussion. Here we will continue to see a blessing in prayer as we follow the Laws of God.
Psalms 24: 4: “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”
For us to enter into the holy place of the Lord we must be of a certain posture. This is also true of prayer. Clean hands are hands of righteousness. Righteous hands produce righteous acts. These acts are thusly produced by a pure and clean heart. Useless thoughts of vanity or of no use in prayer. We also must make oaths from the heart and not render deceitful statements that are ungodly.
Psalms 141:2: “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Here the prayers were compared to the offerings that were rendered in the Jewish worship service. See Hebrews 13: 15 for the same comparison. However the bottom line is the lifting of hands was a sign of reverence to the Lord. This we do in prayer and receive a blessing.
There was once a man fixed upon his bed on his back as he was sick. He often as he had much time lifted up his hands and said, “Lord have mercy.”
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 28 September 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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