28 Jul The Five Finger Prayer
In the many times I’ve spoken before groups, led worship or opened in prayer, the one question I am asked most is ‘How do you pray like that?’ The answer is that I pray as if Jesus is standing right there with me. I empty my heart with praise and gratitude to my Father God and my Lord Jesus, and always remember to put praise before needs.
A very dear friend of mine shared this with me a long time ago and I want to pass it on to you. It is a very helpful guide to help people know how to have a well-rounded prayer life.
This is called “The Five Finger Prayer” ~
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you, your family and friends
2. The first finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct protect, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, ministers, police and our armed forces. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction and keeping us safe. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The second finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for our President, elected officials, and leaders in business and industry. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
4. The third finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, sick, in trouble or in pain. Also, let it remind us to pray for our marriages.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Find time to pray quietly and uninterrupted. Give God your undivided attention as you pray. Don’t be afraid to also sit quietly and listen. Spending this time with Him daily will exponentially grow your relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, which ultimately leads to happiness, fulfillment and peace.