Five-Finger Prayer – Teaching kids to pray for others

Teach your kids tohand not only pray for their needs but for others with this simple Five- Finger prayer idea.  It helps to remind each of us of the  different areas  to pray for on either a daily or weekly basis.

You can  choose to use it daily weekly by praying for one area each day by  starting with the first finger on Monday and praying a different finger each day, a fun idea is to use this system during your family meal time.

This simple Five Finger prayer idea will help your entire family remember to pray for others rather  then just our own needs.

“Five-Finger Prayer”

 – to use as a guide when praying for others

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.” 

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.

Matthew 5:44
But I say to you, 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

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, 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.  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.

When the king of Nineveh prayed to God he saved his nation from destruction (Jonah 3:6-10). 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. 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.  They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our LITTLE FINGER ; 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.

We should be asking forgiveness for our sins, thanking God for our many blessings, and last laying out what is on our heart and asking that His will be done in our life.

– Original Author Unknown

FREE Printable:  Click here to download and print out the Five – Finger prayer  from Ministry-to -Children to help teach your kids this system of praying for others.

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