Praying Hands And Hearts
Praying hands speak for themselves. Many passages in the Bible speak of hands that were raised in prayer. Isaiah recorded God's words which apparently reflect the fact that it takes more to impress God than hands upraised or folded in prayer, for God said, "When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer may prayers, I will not listen" (Isaiah 1:15).
Paul said, "I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing" (1 Timothy 2:8). What about clasping hands in prayer? Actually, there is not a single reference in Scripture to clasping the hands reverently, as Albrecht Durer so beautifully portrayed them.
The Bible tells us that different people prayed in different positions. Some prayed standing up with their hands raised towards heaven, probably the posture that Jesus most often used, which Jews still use today. At times people prayed prostrated, their faces to the ground. Others prayed sitting or kneeling. The priest who recorded Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple he built put it like this: "When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven" (1 Kings 8:54).
James 5:16 says simply, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." Does God honor your prayers more when you fold your hands, kneel, prostrate yourself on your face, or do something else? No, but He does see your heart.
When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven. 1 Kings 8:54