The Lifting Of Our Hands
|Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, PhD|
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (1 Timothy 2:8).
The Bible shows us something remarkable on how the children of Israel recorded victory over the Amalekites. Moses had instructed Joshua to take soldiers to fight Amalek. Joshua did as Moses instructed, but Moses decided to go to the top of the hills, with Aaron and Hur, whilst Joshua battled the Amalekites.
As the battle progressed, Aaron and Hur made an observation. They noticed that every time Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed in the battle against Amalek. However, when his hands went down, Amalek prevailed. They decided therefore, to support Moses by lifting his hands on either side, while Moses sat on a stone. As a result, the Bible says, "…Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword" (Exodus 17:13).
What’s most inspiring about this is how an act of faith in the earth activated heavenly powers, and caused victory for God’s people. Moses wasn’t talking, but as long as his hands were lifted to the Lord, Israel prevailed. It shows that there’s a profuse effusion of divine power as we lift our hands in prayer and worship. There’s victory-power through our hands. No wonder Paul said, "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands…" (1 Timothy 2:8).
If you want to see more success and victories in your life, learn to lift your hands to the Lord as you set your mind on Him in prayer and worship; it’s a strategy of the Spirit to discomfit the adversary. Perhaps you’re in church, your cell-group or fellowship meetings, and the Pastor or leader says, "Lift your hands to the Lord in worship," don’t take them up and bring them down carelessly, because you feel tired. Keep them lifted to the Lord. Train yourself in this.
There’s something deeply spiritual about lifting and waving your hands to the Lord in worship and prayer. It brings and signals victory and dominion over your circumstances and adversaries. Glory to God.
Gracious Father, my hands are lifted to you in worship and adoration; there’s none like you; you’re great and mighty; you alone are God! From generation to generation, you’re the same: faithful, righteous, and true! You’re the strong and breasted one, my ever-present help in times of need; I worship you today.
further study: Psalm 141:2; Psalm 134:1-2 : Acts 16:16-40 Job 1-2 : 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Isaiah 22