Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Five Finger Prayer

Do you say prayers daily?

Do you pray a certain way?

Or do you just have conversations with God?

Sometimes I pray several times a day, at random, about things that pop into my head. 

Mostly I just talk to God as though he were sitting across the room from me.

Well, I don't talk out loud or use hand gestures or anything like that or my other half would think I am slipping gears.

Sometimes I wonder if I even really know how to pray.

Does anyone out there ever feel that way too?

Or is it just me?

One Sunday I was watching  a program on TV and low and behold there was the retired pastor from  a Baptist church in my small town.

And he was talking about how to pray.

Well my ears perked open and I watched and listened as he explained how to pray.

He prayed this way every morning before he started his day.

He said it made him feel good because he could go on about his day  knowing that God was taking care of those he loved and worried over.

I think I will hang this on the wall above my desk so I can see it every morning.


The Five Finger Prayer

1. Our thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The index finger is our pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes parents, teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The middle finger is our tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, no matter how you voted, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

 4. The next 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, ill, in trouble, depressed, abused, confused, misunderstood, in pain, or lonely. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our pinkie - 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 better perspective, and you will be able to pray for your own needs, roles, and goals more effectively.


Feel free to share this with everyone you know.

Because prayers really do work miracles.



Vicki/Jake said...

When ever my kids heard me talking and knew I was alone in the room, they'd say 'Who ya talkin to Mom?' My answer....'God'

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I had never heard this before but it makes it easy to remember. I'm Catholic so I do pray regularly, especially the rosary in the car on the way to work since I have such a long commute. You can get a CD to follow along. If you're not Catholic I am sure there are also other prayer CDs in your local religious store or on line.

Sue said...

I don't think I would like that much structure in my praying, but it's definitely a good model!


Bookie said...

Lovely post. I have heard of the five finger prayer....thanks for the nice reminder.

Christine said...

Wonderful post to copy and bring into my Sunday School class, I like the idea of talking to God, I tell that to my children, just talk, open up your heart and ramble, God is listening.

Deb said...

Very nice, I'm going to copy this. Love it!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never heard of this but it's a good thing to remember! I pray all during the day...when I think of something. I give thanks a lot. Happy New year to you, my friend! I'm hoping this new year will bring you blessings! ♥♥♥

pchickki said...

Yes I feel the same way and yes I pray every day and I love this five finger prayer. Thanks for sharing