WAYS TO PRAY
There are many different ways to approach prayer.
What’s important is to find one that fits the way you operate. Sometimes
it also helps to change your prayer model to give your daily prayer time a
fresh boost. In addition to The
Lord’s Prayer, we are including the Five Finger Prayer this month.
The Lord’s Prayer
disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He gave them a simple 6 step
pattern to follow, known as the “Lord’s Prayer.” Jesus didn’t intend for
us to just pray the same words he spoke in Matthew 6:9, He intended it to
be an outline for prayer. Use each verse of the Lord’s Prayer as a
guideline to help keep your prayer-time on track.
“Pray, then, in this way:”
Step 1 “Our Father Who art in
heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.” This is the call to praise and worship.
Take time to honor the Lord and consider His greatness. Remember His
faithfulness to you and be encouraged by His promises.
Step 2 “Thy kingdom come Thy
will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
Align yourself with God’s will, and listen so you can know His desires.
Proclaim God’s will over your life, family, church, the lost, etc. Wait
and allow the Lord to share His heart and will with you.
Step 3 “Give us this day our
daily bread.” Ask God for your needs and the needs of others. Be specific,
and ask in faith for anything you know the Lord wants to give you i.e. Ask
and I will give you the nations as an inheritance. (See step 2).
Step 4 “And forgive us our
debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Ask God for forgiveness in
any areas of known sin, and speak out forgiveness toward anyone you have
Step 5 “And do not lead us into
temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Ask God for the grace to stand firm
in the face of temptation and resist the schemes of the enemy. Remembering
to look to Jesus for the way of escape.
Step 6 “For Thine
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.” Finish with proclaiming who God is and exalting His name.
Take time to thank Him for the answers to come, and to worship Him.
Five Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb
is nearest to 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”.
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
3. The next finger is the
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.
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 pinky 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.