Five-finger prayers
(The Philippine Star) - June 27, 2019 - 12:00am

Pray for each other. – James 5:16

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). 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

Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.

READ: James 5:13-18

It’s not the words we pray that matter; it’s the condition of our heart.

Bible in a Year:

Job 8-10 and Acts 8:26-40

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