Why do so many people get on their knees, bow their heads and close their eyes when praying? Is that taught in Scripture? Or is that only a man made tradition and custom? If so, is it wrong to do?
And what about putting our hand together, or clasping our fingers together, when we pray? Is that even Scriptural?
In other words, did Yahshua and Bible teach us to get on our knees, clasp our hands/fingers together, bow our heads, close our eyes, and pray?
I have never seen it taught by Yahshua or Scripture, so why do so many millions of Christians and people do it?
The act of one clasping their hands while praying is not at all exclusive to Christianity, in fact, nearly all major religions, including pagans, clasp their hands, in like fashion, while praying to their god(s).
The Jewish Talmud, which was NOT inspired by Yahweh, states that “Raba removed his cloak, clasped his hands and prayed,”, so we know at one time, even the Jewish people may have occasionally prayed with clasped hands; however, the written Torah does not command them to do so. Today, Jewish people do not pray with their hands clasped, in fact, they are unlike the entire world.
As you will see, nearly every major religion prays with their hands clasped, except for one -the Jewish people. The pagan origins of the “Praying Hands”, starting in ancient Sumeria (ca. 888-885 BC).
Sumeria (ca. 888-885 BC)
In 8th century BC, the people of Sumeria (i.e. Modern Day Iraq) were worshiping the sun god Shamash. Here in the image below we have a stone relief, discovered in Iraq (ca. 1881 AD), of pagan priests performing religious worship of the sun god, Shamash.
Notice in the photo on the left, the man clasping his hands. Here we have possibly one of the earliest known records of hand clasping for religious purposes, roughly 800 years before the birth of Yahshua Messiah, being used in the pagan worship of elemental deities, such as the sun and moon.
Therefore, if the Jews had ever learned to clasp their hands in prayer, then they are likely to have learned this from the Babylonians while they were in captivity during the time of Daniel, toward the end of the 5th century BC (i.e. 500 years before Yahshua). They likely stopped folding their hands as a result of Roman persecution in 1st century AD when they noticed that they too also clasped their hands in prayer to their elemental deities.
Today, there are literally hundreds of false religious groupings. Look at the photo below to see how Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists pray and notice how all of them clasp their hands, except for one group, the Jews. The clasping of the prayer hands are from Sun worship, Paganism and NOT from Holy Scripture!
In summation, nowhere in the entire Holy Bible does it ever mention anyone closing their eyes, bowing their heads, clasping their hands to pray, so where did we get the idea that we as Christians should clasp our hands to pray?
The obvious answer is from paganism, just as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. Sunday Holiness etc are all originally pagan in origin. This closing eyes, bowing heads and holding hands together, is nothing more than brainwashing, where children watch their parents do it, and keep this false un-biblical tradition going.
Also, we should ONLY pray to Father Yahweh, as Messiah Yahshua taught us to do in Mat 6:9-13. Many people are praying to “Jesus” or the Messiah or the Holy Spirit, but that is NOT Scriptural and should NEVER be done!
In addition, some English translations in Mat 6:13, include a part that ends with “Amen”, however this does NOT appear in the oldest and earliest Scripture manuscripts, so we should NEVER end our prayers with “Amen”, as “Amen” is a pagan god. For further reading regarding this, please click here.
Yeremyah & Michaiyah (Yahweh’s House Ministries)