The Five Finger Prayer

Thank you for joining us for Week 1 of the Lenten Devotion Series. Check back on Sunday, February 28 for the Introductory Video with Vicar Jonathan for our next spiritual practice during Week 2 – Lectio Divina.

Five Finger Prayer Instructions

Do you ever have trouble thinking of something to say when you begin prayer? When that happens, this “Five Finger Prayer” will help you get started.

  • Our thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember.
  • 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.
  • The next finger is the tallest finger. Pray for leaders in business, police and fire departments, military personnel, and local, state and federal government.
  • 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.
  • And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. 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.

Acknowledgment: Five Finger Prayer,