Although there are different variations of the five finger prayer, the one below is the most common one, even used by Pope Francis! It is great to help children focus in prayer, but also for adults as a simple way to remember different people to pray for.
1. Thumb: When you fold your hands, your thumb is closest to you, so pray for those closest to you, your family and friends. Thank God for them and bless them. Philippians 1:3-5
2. Index finger: We use our index finger to point. Pray for those who “point the way” for you – for teachers, preachers, mentors, parents and others who speak into your life. 1 Thessalonians 5:25
3. Tall finger: Ask God’s blessing for all those in authority – leaders, national and local, boss, etc. Pray God gives them wisdom to lead well. 1 Timothy 2-1, 2
4. Ring finger: This finger is the weakest one. Pray for those who are sick, hurting, in trouble. Pray for the homeless and the hopeless. Ask God how you can reach out and touch them with His love. James 5:13-16
5. Little finger: Pray for your own needs, walking in humility. Be grateful for what He has given you. He will supply all that you need for today! Philippians 4:6, 19
While this is a simple method, don’t take it too lightly. Think about how Paul prayed for the believers, not just their physical needs but also their spiritual ones. Take the time to picture the person you are praying for and ask God how He wants you to pray for them. As you see them through Jesus’ eyes, it will likely change your relationship with them.