๐Ÿ‘‘ Hands Up!

โ€œI will therefore that men pray every where,ย lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubtingโ€ (I Timothy 2:8).

Iโ€™m often asked if Paul meant we shouldย literallyย lift our hands when we pray. Since this is how David prayed (Ps. 141:2), we know thereโ€™s nothing wrong with doing so, as long as you understand what Paul meant when he stipulated that the hands you lift in prayer must be โ€œholy.โ€

I say that because some think that Paul is referencing the Law, where God vowed He wouldnโ€™t hear His people if the hands they lifted in prayerย werenโ€™tย holy:

โ€œโ€ฆwhen ye spread forth your hands,ย I will hide Mine eyes from you:ย yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear:ย your hands are full of bloodโ€ (Isa.ย 1:15ย cf. Ps. 66:18).

But this cannot be what Paul had in mind here, for โ€œwe are not under the law, but under graceโ€ (Rom.ย 6:15). Sin does not hinder your prayers in the dispensation of grace, but all who love the Lord will be careful not toย presumeย upon Godโ€™s grace by continuing in sin that grace may abound (Rom. 6:1,2).

But this means there must be some other reason the apostle speaks of lifting up holy hands,ย and there is.ย You see, in the context, Paul has just finished instructing us to pray โ€œfor kings, and for all that are in authorityโ€ (I Tim. 2:1,2). So Paul is actually saying that the hands you lift in prayerย to pray for our leaders in governmentย must not be involved in anyย unholyย subversive activities against the leaders in government for whom you are praying, leaders to whom God says we should be subject (Titus 3:1) without resisting (Rom. 13:1-7).

In the context, Paul is directing us to pray for our leaders in government without the wrathย toward them that was probably so common among Godโ€™s people in Paulโ€™s day that the apostle had to address it. Even today, believers are continuouslyย angryย with our leaders, and alwaysย doubtingย their ability to lead us. So Paulโ€™s instruction that we should pray for them โ€œwithout wrath and doubtingโ€ is as needful today as it was the day those words left his pen. So instead of railing on our leaders, beloved,ย letโ€™s pray for them. source

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