Praying hands symbolize obedience, submission, sincerity, repentance, veneration and respect in regard to one's higher power. The exact meaning of praying hands varies depending on which religious tradition is considered.
While the familiar praying hands posture of hands held pressed together in front of one's heart is often associated with Christianity, it is also used by Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. The gesture may have evolved in part from the ancient tradition of placing one's folded hands into that of the ruler to show fidelity and loyalty. The physical ritual of putting one's hands together in prayer can help calm a busy mind to focus on the higher power.