Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)
Paul prayed a beautiful prayer for the saints at Ephesus, making mention of how he bowed his knees in prayer: "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named..." (Ephesians 3:14-15). There are certain things you do at times of communication with the Father that are spiritual acts of worship, and tend to make your prayer much more effective. For example, when you bow your knees and lift your hands to the Lord in prayer; it's a demonstration of deep spiritual truth revealed to us in God's Word.
Exodus 17, tells us the story of how Joshua led Israel to battle against the Amalekites of Rephidim. The Bible specifically revealed to us that the course of the battle was determined--not by the fierceness of the warlords--but outside the battle ground; on the mountain where Moses lifted up his hands: "And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed" (Exodus 17:11).
When Aaron and Hur discovered this "secret" and observed Moses' hands had become heavy, therefore going down, they took a stone, placed it under hims, so he could sit down. Then, the Bible says Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on either side. Thus, Moses' hands were steady until the going down of the sun, until Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword (Exodus 17:12-13).
There's something powerful in the lifting up of our hands unto the Lord in prayer and in worship. As your hands are lifted up in the presence of the Lord during prayer, and you speak forth words of praise and worship to Him, extolling His majesty, you're sending incense of a sweet-smelling savour unto heaven.
Learn to do this often. As you bow your knees to the Lord in prayer, let your hands go up as well. This has nothing to do with whether or not you feel like it; do it because the Word says so. 1 Timothy 2:8 says "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." The Apostle Paul was referring to spiritual worship, where you extol the King and glorify His holy Name with your hands lifted high!
The more you do this, praying intensely from your spirit, the easier it'll be for you to make contact with God's divine flow, making your life an outflow of the miraculous.
Dear Father, I lift my hands to you today in holiness, to bless and adore you for your glory, majesty and grace! Thank you for the great love wherewith you've loved me, and thank you for the glorious life you've given me in Christ Jesus. I rejoice in you today, knowing that you're the glory of my life and the solid rock on which I stand, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities July 17, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome