Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; (I Kings 8:22) (NKJV)
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the Lord; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven. (Lamentations 3:40-41) (NKJV)
Lifting hands is just one of the ways God has given us to express our worship and praise to Him. There are many instances in scripture where lifting hands is clearly noted and reasons given. Two of them are mentioned in our reference passages for today. During the dedication of the temple King Solomon stood praying with his hands lifted. But by the time he had finished praying he was on his knees (I Kings 8:54). That suggests to us that prayer time is a good time to lift up our hands in a show of reverence and supplication.
Another good reason to lift up hands is in repentance and surrender. When we lift up our hands to God in surrender we are telling God, "I can't handle this anymore. Lord, take control." In most classic westerns when the outlaw has come to the end of the road the first thing he does is throw up his hands in surrender, meaning the chase is over. When we surrender ourselves to God, we are saying the same thing - "It's over; I give up." Lifted hands is a sign of surrender not only in the human realm, but in the spirit realm also. I hear somebody saying, "that's just not my way." But I issue a challenge to you: If you will just let go; forget about those around you, and yes, forget about yourself. Recognize that you need God in every area of your life. Let the Holy Spirit take over your being, and you'll find yourself doing something that, up to now, you thought you couldn't do.
I challenge somebody to lift up your hands in God's presence out of a sincere heart, and you will witness a shift in your perspective.