Some Christians raise their hands when they pray or worship. Many do it publicly during worship services. Some Christians like to clap their hands to worship music. Some do not seem to like this. Aside from whether one has any natural rhythm or not or what our preferences might be, how are we to use our hands in prayer and worship? What does the Bible say about this?

There is something special when we raise our hands up when praying or worshiping. It is referenced in several bible verses. Though there are many forms of worship, there is something sweet it this.

Lifting the hands is just a way of reaching up to God to exalt Him or seek Him. It most cases it brings victory and breaks the works of the devil. Leave alone prayer, if you just praise and worship God while raising your hands up, believe me you cant go empty handed. Just sink deep and deep.


Psalm 63:4 – So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

1 Timothy 2:8 – I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!

lamentations 3:41 – Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:

Psalm 141:2 – Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Psalm 28:2 – Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Nehemiah 8:6 – And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

1 Kings 8:54 – Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven.

Luke 24:50 – Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

Lamentations 2:19 – “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.”

Ezra 9:5 – And at the evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God.

Exodus 17:11 – Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.

Isaiah 1:15 – When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

2 Chronicles 6:29-30 – Whatever prayer, whatever plea is made by any man or by all your people Israel, each knowing his own affliction and his own sorrow and stretching out his hands toward this house, then hear from heaven your dwelling place and forgive and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways, for you, you only, know the hearts of the children of mankind.

Genesis 14:22 – But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth

Deuteronomy 32:40 – For I lift up my hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever.

Leviticus 9:22 – Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offering