The Five-Finger Prayer – How to Pray it + Its Origins

Benefits of Using Five Finger Prayer

Five-finger prayer is a great tool to teach our children to pray. And it’s a great tool for us to use when we need to spend a few minutes alone with God. We don’t need a pen or paper. We don’t need a prayer beads or anything else. We just need a willing heart and our hands – two things that we will always have with us no matter where we are. An important reason why we pray is that God not only calls us to pray, but also commands us to pray. Where does the Bible call us to prayer?

Several passages include:

“Keep Praying” -1 Thessalonians 5:17

“And pray in spirit on all occasions with all possible prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18

“Turn to prayer, be vigilant and grateful.” – Colossians 4: 2

“Pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)

“And if you pray…” – Matthew 6: 5

“This is how you should pray …” (Matthew 6: 9)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

“I therefore urge, first of all, petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving for all …” (1 Timothy 2: 1).

The benefits of prayer result in God’s power to bring about change. James 5:16 reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous man is mighty and effective.” Prayer enables Christ followers to harness the power of Christ and focus his mighty strength on the burdens of our hearts. It enables us to unleash its power and wisdom in the lives of others. And when we use the five-finger tool as a method of praying, it can create a consistent prayer life that unleashes the power of God all around us.

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