Monday, April 10, 2006

5 Finger Prayer

I've done a post before on my habit of prayer and how I needed to improve, that post has several bible verses about prayer that were so helpful to me. If anyone would like those verses you can find them here, at the bottom half of the page. With that said, I ran across the 5 finger prayer tip today and thought it would be a great post. I've heard it at church once before and was very encouraged by it. I wish I knew who originally came up with this handy tip so I could give some well deserved credit, unfortunatly I wasn't able to figure that mystery out.

1. Our thumb is nearest to us...
Begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They're the easiest to remember. While praying for our loved ones is easy the Bible also tells us to pray for our enemies who, in a negative way, are also near us.

Matthew 5:44
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you

2. The next is our pointer finger...
Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers (it's these people who tend to "point" the way). They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers, these men and women have great influence on society and we should pray that they display and teach Godly principles in all they do.

3. Next is our tallest finger...
It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business, industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guid public opinion, they need God's guidance.

When the king of Nineveh prayed to God he saved his nation from destruction (Jonah 3:6-10). We should pray that our decision makers repent and seek God's will as they lead us.

4. Fourth is our ring finger...
Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are ill, weak, in trouble, or in pain. They need your prayers day and night.

5. Last is 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, "...for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great." (Luke 9:48) Your pinky should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other 4 groups, your own needs should be put into proper perspective. We should be asking forgiveness for our sins, thanking God for our many blessings, and last laying out what is on our heart and asking that His will be done in our life.


Interested Citizen said...

Thanks for your blogger on 5 finger prayer. I have been to Wasilla, live in NC and am preparing for a workshop for volunteers who will be working in a tutoring ministry in local churches and found you from a google search. Keep up the good work on your blog.

Interested Citizen said...

I have been in Wasilla. Have relatives in the area. Love your blog. I was searching Google to find references to 5 finger prayer to use in a devotional in a workshop training adult volunteers to tutor youth with reading problems.