Lift your hands when you pray

In the Bible, lifting your hands when you pray is the norm. Most Pentecostals and Charismatics do that. But strangely, few other Christians do.



Some Christians think only the ministry leaders should raise their hands during prayer, not knowing it is the norm for everyone in the Bible.

Other Christians think lifting your hands during prayer is arrogant, not knowing it is the norm in the Bible.

Here are the Bible verses we’ve found:


Psalm 28:2. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 63:4. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:2. Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

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

1 Timothy 2:8.  I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.


Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


Author: todd

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