BRAY ALL YOU WANT TO BUT GOD WILL NOT BE MANIPULATED
So this is my closing remarks on that subject.
Be aware when someone is trying to manipulate you for the purpose of manipulating God. Some time back, I attended a meeting where the leader pitched into the people present because they had come in to the meeting room, sat down quietly and seemed to me to be praying quietly or meditating on the Lord. He berated them/us for not standing with upraised hands. I was among those who were sitting quietly concentrating in a what I thought was a prayerful manner.
Making oneself physically miserable by standing and holding up hands will not move the hand of God anymore than sitting quietly.
I point to the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, who shouted and cut themselves with stones. Flagellation is something the heathens do to impress their gods. Personally I can keep my mind on God more if I am not in pain!
I want to make it clear that I am not against standing and raising holy hands. I’m even for lifting sinful hands in repentance. I’m all for it when that’s what you want to do. It might impress people but it will not work as a means of manipulating God.
Have a wonderful day and lift up holy hands unto the Lord! And if they are sinful hands, remember our loving intercessor, Jesus.