The apostle Paul writes in Colossians 1:3, “We always thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.”
By Pastor Charles Johnson
These are words of encouragement and inspiration to first century Christians who are struggling with outside influences that seek to divide the followers of Christ. These words are words of encouragement to Christians in the 21st Century as we struggle in a world that is moving away from the teachings of God and focusing more on earthly wants and desires. So, what are we to do?
We find one answer in how we are to cope in the world we live in as we heed the words of the apostle Paul, “when we pray for you.” Prayer is one way in which we can cope with the world around us. Prayer is taking the time to lift-up cares and concerns, joys and sorrows, successes and failures to God, and then, taking the time to listen to God. Listening is an important element in praying. And, praying is easy—is it not?
We all know how and what to pray for. We have been praying for years and the words just flow from our lips. As you read this article, I am sure that you are mindful of the everyday prayers that you pray to God. They come to mind in an instant, but to be honest and truthful I might be a little over-zealous when it comes to praying. Praying to God is a corporate experience and it is an individual experience as well—and it is to our individual prayers to God that I want to focus.
While praying is something all Christians do, what we pray for and how we pray can at times be a struggle, so I want to share a simple method in which to focus our prayers. This method is called the “Five Finger Prayer.” (The following information is from www.textweek.com.)
First, I want you to put your hands out in front of you. You will notice that the closest finger to you is the thumb. Since it is the closest to you, the thumb reminds you to pray for those that are closest to you. Pray for parents and brothers or sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The next finger is called your index finger. It is used for pointing. Let this finger remind you to pray for those that point you in the right direction. Pray for your teachers at school, your Sunday School teacher, doctors, first-responders, mentors, and your pastor.
The next finger is the tallest finger. This finger reminds us to pray for our leaders. Pray for the leaders in our government, our state, our communities, our churches.
The fourth finger is called the ring finger. Did you know that this is the weakest of all the fingers? Let this finger remind you to pray for those who are sick, poor, and those most in need.
The next finger is the smallest finger. The Bible says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.” Let the little finger remind you to pray for yourself.
The “Five Finger Prayer”—a simple and yet powerful technique in guiding our prayer life with God.