TO ASSIST YOU WITH PRAYER
Taken From Our Daily Bread June 27, 2017
Anyone that knows me is aware of my passion for prayer. In fact, my website is entitled: “Don’t Forget to Say Your Prayers.” Prayer as you know is a conversation with God, not a formula. But sometimes those that are new to the art of prayer need a little help. Many need to use a method or prayer formula to assist them in prayer. Many of us learned three prayers as a child. We learned the “Model Prayer;” “Our Father which art in heaven; we learned to pray over our food, “God is good, God is great”; and we learned a prayer to say before we went to sleep; “Now I lay me down to sleep.”
We can also pray many of the Psalms or other Scriptures, or use the “ACTS METHOD” (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across another method of prayer entitled, “The Five Finger Prayer.” I recommend that you use this as a guide if you are a beginner prayer, and also use it to help you intercede for members of your family, friends, and other situations.
• When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest you, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors etc. (Phil. 1:3-5).
• The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach: Bible teachers, preachers, pastors, and those who teach our children. (1 Thess. 5:25)
• The next finger is the tallest. I will remind you to pray for those who are in authority or have ruler ship over you-national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work, also you spiritual leaders, pastors, bishops, apostles etc. (1Tim. 2: 1-2).
• The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Therefore Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering, in our society; the homeless, destitute, sick, the infirmed, don’t forget those in institutions and in prisons.
• Finally you have the little finger. It reminds you of you smallness in relationship to God’s greatness. Ask the Father to supple your needs.
( Phil. 4:6, 19).
But whatever method you choose, remember to be persistent, and consistent in prayer. Pray according to the portion of faith that the Father has given you. Prayer + Faith- Doubt = Victory. Pray until the manifestation of what you have prayed for comes to past. Don’t forget to pray and then thank God for hearing and giving you those things that He has determined and willed for you to have. God always answers prayers!!! Sometimes the answer is “Yes,” “No,” or “Not Yet.” A delay is not necessarily a denial. We must not cast away our confidence in the Lord. In His own time, if we are patient, He will give us the desires of our heart.
I hope this method of prayer helps to increase your confidence and also helps your prayers to be longer and more robust.
God Bless and: Don’t forget to say your prayers!