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EASY TO REMEMBER FIVE FINGER PRAYER

Greetings Family and  Friends,

I love this sweet message I received in an email about the five finger prayer. Prayer is one of a Christian’s greatest sources of strength and power. How precious it is to spend time with the Lord, just to bask in His presence. This is beautiful – and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives:

1. Your thumb is nearest 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 your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. 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 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.

Matthew 6:6-14 

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet

and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; 

and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: 

for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: 

for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, 

your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, 

neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

The following scripture is a vital part of Paul’s description of “the whole armor of God” in Ephesians 6:18, 

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,

and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

I like what Matthew Henry had to say about this:

“Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be seasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must persevere in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his might we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.”

There’s so much that can be said about prayer, but I am so very, very glad that it is a two way communion with my Father, my Saviour and my Comforter. We talk often to one another. If I am afraid, my Comforter comforts me and gives me strength by reminding me of promises from God’s word. If I’m not right, He gets my attention. If I don’t understand a scripture I am reading and I ask Him to give me understanding, He teaches me. He helps me day by day. The Holy Spirit is my Guide. My heavenly Father loves me. “Abba Father, Daddy, my Daddy!” I’m his girl, His own dear child that He cares so much about that even the very hairs on my head are numbered! He loves me so much that He gave Heaven’s Darling, His very own Son Who spoke worlds and galaxies and universes into being, to die just for me! Heaven’s Jewel, the One that always pleased His Father, was sent to die for the criminals and the filthiest, vilest dregs of humanity. Oh yes, He died for you too, but He died for ME. Who can describe a love like that? When you love someone you stay in touch. Who could not love a God like my God?

The following is an excerpt from a book by Rosalind Goforth, How I Know God Answers Prayer, which can be read free on-line:

Chapter 3: “Go Forward On Your Knees” (1887-1894)

“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.” — Isaiah 45:2

In attempting to record what prayer meant in our early pioneer days, other than purely personal testimonies must be given; for we were, as a little band of missionaries, bound together in our common needs and dangers by a very close bond.

In October, 1887, my husband was appointed by the Canadian Presbyterian Church to open a new field in the northern section of the province of Honan, China. We left Canada the following January, reaching China in March, 1888. Not until then did we realize the tremendous difficulties of the task before us.

Dr. Hudson Taylor, of the China Inland Mission, writing to us at this time, said:

We understand North Honan is to be your field; we, as a mission, have tried for ten years to enter that province from the south, and have only just succeeded. It is one of the most antiforeign provinces in China … Brother, if you would enter that province, you must go forward on your knees.”

  • Child of God always KNOW that your answer to prayer will come…

    Not Too Early-

    Not Too Late- 

    Always 

    Right On Time!

    Until next time friends and family, 

    HAVE A VERY JOYOUS CHRISTMAS!

    “Be assured,

    if you walk with Him,

    and look to Him,

    and expect help from Him,

    He will never fail you.”

    George Mueller

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