The Five Finger Prayer

Photo Credit: micn2sugars via Flickr

Photo Credit: micn2sugars via Flickr

This is a beautiful reminder of how we can pray each day and it is surely worth making our 5 fingers a part of our lives. It is my hope that the “Five Finger Prayer” will be something that will help your own prayer life each day!

1. Your 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 next finger is the pointing finger.
Pray 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.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger.
It 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.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger.
Surprising to many is the fact that is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, trouble or in pain. They need prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger, the 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 proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

  5 comments for “The Five Finger Prayer

  1. December 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing and I am going to reblog! Have a Merry Christmas and may 2014 bless you and yours!


  2. December 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    VERY Instructive and easy to remember


  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    December 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Wonderful 🙂


  4. December 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Oh, I have never heard of this before! I only know “ACTS” for personal prayer: Adulation/Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.


  5. December 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I like this. A new way to remember and teach.


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