1 Timothy 2:8 (Berean Study Bible)
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
Sometimes it feels like every day brings new challenges and difficulties to our lives. From work disasters to political trials to public health concerns, there is always some form of opposition brewing in our human lives.
As humans living in a fallen world, we know all too well how difficult life can be. Strife and discouragement abound in a world filled with Satan’s armies, and it can be difficult to know just how (or where) to go and take refuge. Many times we would like to throw in the towel and simply give up. After all, is any of this worth it anyway?
Friends, instead of throwing up your hands in defeat, lift up your hands in prayer today.
Prayer is a powerful tool. It offers a spiritual connection with the Father and serves as an act of obedience to His teachings. It may feel like something small in the midst of your daily trials, but prayer is far from insignificant. In fact, it may change the course of your entire life.
1 Timothy 2:1-6 fills us in on a greater, much grander picture: “1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
We are to pray in all things and for all people. This includes those we consider to be our enemies. Any political rivals, supervisors, parents, or those in authority positions over us should be prayed for daily. Bear in mind that this verse is not necessarily meant to humble us (although that is certainly an important factor), but to encourage us to live a holy life. Lifting up our hands to God allows Him to intercede and work wonders in our lives, and witness to those around you.
You may believe you are not holy enough to pray in this way, or that you are too sinful to pray for those against you. But be encouraged! Christ prayed for those who would beat, mock, and maim Him, even while hanging on a cross. As imitators of Christ, it is our duty to replicate God’s love and pray without ceasing, bringing Glory to God and peace to our lives.
Discouraged with situations outside of your control? Pray! Concerned that a new supervisor or world leader will wreak havoc on your life? Pray! Feel as though everyone around you is just waiting for a chance to pull you down? Here’s your answer: pray.
Lift up your hands in prayerful obedience today!
What current circumstances in your life do you still need to bring to the cross? In what ways can you pray for your enemies and adversaries, even if you feel they don’t deserve it? Are there steps you can take right now to rectify a difficult situation through prayer? Remember that lifting our hands to God is more than an act of obedience: it is a necessary method of communication between ourselves and our Heavenly Father. Let’s lift up holy hands today!
Psalm 24:4 (New English Standard Version)
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to falsehood, who does not swear deceitfully.
James 4:8 (Berean Study Bible)
8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.