Five-Finger Prayers

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time.  I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:

• When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Phil. 1:3-5).

• The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).

• The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

• The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13-16).

• Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart. —Anne Cetas

The Beautiful Interruptions – David Bonifacio

Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others. It’s not the words we pray that matter; it’s the condition of our heart.

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1 Response to Five-Finger Prayers

  1. Hamish says:

    Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart. I know I can sometimes turn away from prayer when it’s absolutely the place I need to be.

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