So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the Lord, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth.
We can talk to God anytime at anyplace. Prayer is about the posture of our hearts. And…sometimes… our physical posture reflects the emotions of our hearts. After the seventh plague (a hailstorm) caused significant destruction in Egypt, Pharaoh pleaded with Moses to stop the storm. Moses went outside the city and stretched out his hands to the Lord—indicating his great need and God’s ability to meet the need. This is the same posture Solomon used when he dedicated the temple (1 Kings 8:22-23). In the New Testament, Paul indicated that a proper heart attitude is sometimes shown by “lifting holy hands” in prayer (1 Tim. 2:8).
While the physical position in prayer is important, more important is the condition of your heart. David explained that the “sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps. 51:17). Without the right heart posture, physical expressions can become acts of showmanship. Worship always begins as an inward expression.
- With your hands lifted to God as an act of humble dependence, ask God to show you the condition of your heart. Slow down and listen to God. Take time to respond in confession, repentance, and thanksgiving.
- With your hands lifted to God, bring to him a heavy burden that you are carrying. Tell God your great need and proclaim his ability to meet that need.
And…keep talking to God throughout the day with a humble and dependent heart.
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