sermonette: With Hands Raised
Surrendering To God In Prayer
Ted E. Bowling
Given 12-Sep-15; Sermon #1285s; 15 minutes
Ted Bowling, reminding us that prayer is our lifeline to God, a medium in which our faith is strengthened, focuses on several positions or postures used in prayer, including kneeling , bowing the head, or lying prostrate (all conveying degrees of submission and humility), but gives special attention to the posture of raising hands, symbolic of giving up or admitting vulnerability. David prayed with raised hands when he had come to the end of his tether, indicating that prayer is a time when we surrender unconditionally to God's power. Joshua's victory over the Amalekites was assured only after Moses in a posture of contrite submission with hands raised, assisted by Aaron and Hur. God honors the prayer of those who are contrite and tremble at His word, as symbolized by hands raised in submission.
Amalek Aaron and Hur Bowing heads Descendants of Esau Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Evening sacrifice Exodus 17:8-13 Isaiah 3:1-7; 66:2 John 15:5 Joshua Lamentations 2:19 Praying without ceasing Praying using the church website Psalm 141:1-2 State of distress Supplication Yielding to God's will