Learning to pray for others.

We’ve all been told to pray. For ourselves and for others. We know Jesus prayed. Sometimes alone. Sometimes through the night. He prayed before He started anything and always Jesus prayed to His Father. But what does that mean? Where do we start? Especially if we did not grow up in the church. My aunt who spoke to her friends at her church retreat has a few suggestions. These are meant to guide you only. If you have a prayer lifestyle that works for you, continue with that, if you don’t, use these as a starting point. To read the rest of my aunt’s talk go here and here (re posted with permission).

Pray for each other. James 5:16

Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:

  • When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Phil. 1:3–5).
  • The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).
  • The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).
  • The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).
  • Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

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Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.

THUMB:

When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones

Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.

Phil. 1:3–5 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

INDEX FINGER:

The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, Teachers and those who teach children.

Paul says in 1 Thess. 5:25: Brothers and sisters, pray for us.

MIDDLE FINGER:

The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

RING FINGER:

The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).

James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

LITTLE FINGER/PINKY:

Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

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Sometimes we don’t have the words to pray though. We are hurting or in shock or grieving. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words. He is our Helper and Counsellor. When we can’t pray, He does so for us.

Until next time,

Vanessa.

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  1. I am so proud of you my darling. May the same Lord who so lovingly brought you to this country, bless you as you try and raise a godly, Christian family. We all love you…

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