Pray for those closest to you
When your hands are folded to pray, the thumb is the closest finger to you and your heart. “Those closest to you” can be family, friends, coworkers, or the first person who comes to mind. Pray for them first. Start by thanking God for them.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy,
Pray for those who instruct& teach you. The people who point the way.
Just like our teachers and instructors use their pointer finger to show us things, so we should use that same finger to remember to pray for them! Teaching is a big job, and the Bible tells us that they are judged more strictly as they are given more responsibility in this world. It is no easy job to teach people, so our teachers and instructors need all the prayer they can get. Use this time pray for pastors, teachers, and anyone who helps to educate, train, or teach them.
Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:25
1 Thessalonians 5:12 - 28
Pray for those who stand tall for us and lead us.
The tallest finger reminds us to pray for those who stand tall for us. This could be government officials or leaders in life, such as police, military, supervisor or bosses and other leaders.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Pray for those who are weak or in pain.
The ring finger is known to be the weakest finger. Try to open a drawer handle with it, and it will be noticeably weaker than all the other fingers. This finger should remind us to pray for those who are sick, hurt, or in trouble.
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
James 5:13 - 20
Pray for ourselves
The last and smallest finger of the Five Finger Prayer should remind us that we need to pray for ourselves too. We should be placing ourselves last before God and His greatness and others and their needs. After praying for everyone else before yourself, take a moment to recognize the good things you have and give thanks for those things.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.