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The Five Finger Prayer

We know prayer is something many people struggle with. Here's the good news... there is no special way, a right way, or a wrong way to pray. God simply wants to hear from you. He knows we get so overburdened with life, and all He wants to do is give us rest (Matthew 11:28-30). And, when you spend time with Him, you hear from Him, too (James 4:8). When we go to God, we trade our worries and anxieties for His peace (Philippians 4:6-7). We learn who we are and who we aren't (Ephesians 2:10). We get the tools we need to fight sin and temptation (James 4:7). There are so many ways prayer brings us closer to God. Isn't that what we want?

But if you struggle with where to start and what to say, we can help.

Here's an easy way to begin. It's called the 5 Finger Prayer. You're going to use each finger as a guide. Start by folding your hands.

You'll notice that your thumb is closest to you, so start by praying for those closest to you. You can pray for your family and friends.

Your second finger is also called your pointer finger. Think about the people who point the way for you. This can be your pastor, your Sunday School teacher, those who have a hand in spiritually leading your children, like a youth group leader.

Next, your third finger is your tallest finger. Pray for those who are above you in leadership like your boss at work, national leaders, government leaders, etc.

Your fourth finger, your ring finger, is your weakest finger. Use that as a reminder to pray for those who are sick, suffering, being mistreated, or can't speak up for themselves.

Finally, your fifth finger, your pinky, is your smallest finger. This is a reminder of how small we are in comparison to God's greatness. But even in this smallness, your problems are big to God. You matter to Him. Take time to remind thank God for his greatness and share your requests for yourself with Him.

Remember that this is just a tool to help guide you. There is no right or wrong way to pray. There is no time limit for prayer. God simply wants to spend time with you because He loves you. Start with an open heart, and you'll find it being filled in ways you didn't realize was possible!

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