The Five Finger Prayer
The Five Finger Prayer is a
simple guide we can use when we pray.
1) Your Thumb is nearest to you
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 "sweet duty."
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.
"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. (Matthew
And again, "Don't repay evil
for evil. Don't retaliate when people say unkind things about
you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God
wants you to do, and he will bless you for it." (1 Peter 3:9)
wants us to pray for our enemies and let Him handle them, “I will repay
those who deserve it”. When we pray for our enemies something
beautiful and almost indescribable happens: Jesus takes that
terrible and transforms it into that which is wonderful. He gives us
beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). With His help all the restlessness, all
the anger that has built up for so long, will
wash away like waves
turning back into the ocean. He will, just as He promised, give
2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger
for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers,
doctors, and ministers.
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) The next finger is the Tallest Finger
reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business
and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and
guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
When the king of
Nineveh prayed to God he saved his nation from destruction (Jonah
We should pray that our decision makers repent and seek
God’s will as they lead us.
4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger
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. They need your prayers
day and night. You
cannot pray too much for them.
The Bible tells us that all who
believe in Christ are “one body” (1
and that we
to “bear one another's burdens”. We should “pray for one
tells us that,
because “the effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.”
Praying for others is a way of
serving those around us and serving is what gives us purpose to
We define ourselves in ways that describe how we serve others. I’m a
husband, a father, a bible teacher…that’s the “real” me and those
labels speak of services I do for others. That’s what gives
purpose. “If you love Me,” Jesus said, “feed My sheep.” Praying
for those in need is one
way to feed Christ’s sheep.
5) And lastly comes our Little Finger
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
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.
When praying for ourselves
we should first confess our sins because sin breaks fellowship with
and we don’t want to be out of fellowship with Him. No matter how
badly we’ve sin take heart and know that “He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Then we should give thanks for all the blessings we have
been given, “Offer to God thanksgiving,
and pray your vows to the Most
High" (Psalm 50:14)
And finally we lay out what is on our
heart, the good and the bad, and we pray that God’s will be done in our
life. The Father loves you very much and will always do what is best
for you. Trust Him and He will lead you and cause all things to
work together for the good of those who love Him.