Posted by sharonSeptember 13, 2010Spiritual Life

Posture for Prayer – Outstretched Arms

Outstretched arms is a prayer posture that pulls our awareness toward heaven. It is a posture that opens up the core of our body toward God. It is an internationally recognized posture of submission.Think about a person pointing a gun at you and yelling, “hands up”. Your hands go up as a signal that you will do nothing more. You will submit to their authority.

The Exercise
Find a place where you can be alone and comfortable. Stretch out your arms and raise them above your shoulders, palms facing up and recite a prayer of praise and worship.

Here is a prayer from Psalm 63
“God – you’re my God!
I can’t get enough of you!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
traveling across dry and weary deserts.

So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love i am really living at last!
My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
My arms wave like banners of praise to you.”

Let your spirit open up to God. Is He speaking to you?
Hold this posture until you feel done.


What was that experience like for you?
Have you lifted your hands to God like that before? Why or why not?
How was that different than a prayer with your hands on your lap in front of you?
Where else can you go to experience this posture of prayer? Backyard? Mountain top? Lake? Park?

Look at the photo below of a person stretching out their arms in worship – what does this stir in you?
A connection with this person? Fear of such open expression? Envy of the freedom of his spirit? Joy with him in his worship? Appreciation for creation and the Creator? Other?

Click the photo to enlarge.

“May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141:2)

“In your name I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 141:2)

“At night I stretched out untiring hands.” (Psalm 77:2)

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” (1 Timothy 2:8)

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