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Five Fingers of Prayer

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Jesus gave us a beautiful gift when he gave the disciples their first lesson on prayer. Through the Lord’s Prayer He has given us the perfect model containing the 5 Fingers of Prayer. It is with these fingers that we can teach our children to go from ‘palm to palm’ to’ heart to heart’ with God. We can use the model prayer that Jesus gave us to develop our own words of prayer. Here are the 5 Fingers of Prayer and how they work to create the perfect prayer model.

  1. Addressing our Father in Heaven
  2. "Our Father which art in heaven…"

    Biblically we are shown how Jesus always began his prayers by addressing his Father. In Matthew 6:9, he uses "Our Father in heaven." In his great intercessory prayer in John 17:1, and in his prayers on the cross in Luke 23:34,46, Jesus addresses God as "Father." Mark 4:36 tells us Jesus addressed God as "Abba, Father," and in both Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46, Jesus used "My God, my God" to call upon his heavenly Father. In this first finger of prayer, Jesus teaches us to call upon the name of the Lord.

  3. Offering Praise to God
  4. "Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

    Jesus always gave the praise, honor, and glory to God, and it is important to teach our children to praise his holy name in their prayer time. It is a way to show our humility, thankfulness, and love

  5. Laying needs before the Father
  6. "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 … "

    This is the heart of open prayer where healing, intercession, needs, and our need for forgiveness all come together in a powerful plea to the Father.

  7. Praise and Glory
  8. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever"

    This is a wondeful time to thank God for answered prayers and for the promises he has made and will keep in his faithfulness. This is the part where children can really say: "I love you, God"

  9. Closing in his name
  10. "I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name" {John 16:23, NIV}

    Jesus teaches us that we are to ask in his name and our heavenly Father will hear and answer. We close our prayers in the name of Jesus, amen!

    Submitted on : 21-Apr-2005

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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