The Five Fingers of Prayer

A friend told me about the Five Fingers of Prayer concept, and I think it’s brilliant.

If you’re like me, your prayers start off great and until you remember that you forgot to switch out the laundry and you haven’t returned that phone call you meant to get to…and you get sidetracked. And you start over. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal or filled with eloquent words. Prayer is just talking to God. I often pray aloud in my car. And I get strange looks at stop lights for it.

I love the Five Fingers of Prayer idea because it seems to encapsulate all the important things I would want to include in a prayer, but keeps it simple. And most importantly, it puts the prayers for ourself last. It is so easy to think about our struggles and pains, but when we focus on others first, it seems to naturally steer things back into the right perspective.

I also love that this includes prayer for all of our leaders. This is something I forget to do on a regular basis, but I think it’s of utmost importance.

You start at your thumbs and work back to your pinkies.

Thumb: Those Closest to You

Your thumb is the nearest to you, so it represents those closest to you. For me, this is my family and closest friends.

Pointer finger: Those in Authority

Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. These could be teachers, nurses, doctors and ministers.

Middle finger: Our Leaders

The next finger, the middle finger, is the tallest finger and represents our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. The people who shape our nation and guide public opinion.

Can you imagine how much more peaceful elections would be if we complained less and just prayed more? This is something I am personally working on.

Ring finger: Those Who Are Weak

The ring finger is the weakest finger, and can remind us to pray for those who are dealing with illness, those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.

Pinky finger: Me

And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. Your pinky 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.

So…how do you pray?


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