The Five Fingers of Prayer

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).” Of course this does not mean that we are to physically stay in a prayer closet doing nothing else. We carry our prayer closet with us everywhere we go. God’s Word commands us to be faithful in praying for others, yet it is difficult to keep an updated list and not become stale and mechanical. I have long been aware of my own shortcomings in the areas of organization and prioritizing. I believe God himself has answered my disorganized prayers with this daily plan for prayer.

The Five Fingers of Prayer:

1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin by praying for those closest to you. Our parents, spouse, our children, or even estranged family members, C.S. Lewis said, “to pray for loved ones is a sweet duty.” Many of us fail in this area by being pushy with our family and not remembering them in prayer.

2. The next finger is the pointer finger. Pray for those that point or show direction in our lives. Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. It is far easier to criticize their mistakes or failures than to pray for them. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction whether they realize it or not.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders, or people who exercise authority over us. Pray for our President, boss, or administrators that work around us. These people need the Lord in a very special way as they make laws administer justice and enforce the law for our benefit and for the glory of God. Many of these individuals are without Jesus and need to know His grace and power.

4. The fourth finger 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 weak, in trouble or in pain.

5. Lastly is our little finger; the smallest of all. This is where we should find ourselves, last of all. The Bible says, “the least shall be the greatest among us”. After you have prayed for the four other groups you should be more able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Should I find myself stuck in traffic or unable to fall asleep I now have my prayer list right there attached to my hand.

I Thess. 5:16
I Sam. 12:23