5 Finger Lord’s Prayer

The 5 Finger Prayer

1. Praise

Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name

The prayer starts out by praising God for who He is. Just as we can’t do anything without our thumb, we can’t do anything without God.

2. I Want What God Wants

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

Pointing your second finger toward Heaven, teach children to pray “I want what God wants.”

3. Biggest chunk of prayer

Give us this day our daily bread.

Our third finger is our biggest finger, just like praying about our needs and the needs of others takes the longest time in prayer.

4. Relationships

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

The ring finger represents relationships. We ask God to forgive our sins so we have a right relationship with God. We ask Him to help us forgive those who have offended us so we have a right relationship with others.

5. Smallest Finger

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Your pinky finger is your smallest finger. That’s why we use it when we ask God to deliver us from temptation and the evil one. Compared to God, the devil is very small.

End With Power

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Remind the children to use their thumb as they end the prayer with praise. Have them bring their thumb over their other fingers to make a fist. This reminds them that their prayer are powerful.

© Revival Fire For Kids, 2013

Let the Children Pray by Esther Ilnisky

Let-the-Children-PrayLet the Children Pray

How God’s Young Intercessors are Changing the World

by Esther Ilnisky

Description:

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…  to silence the foe and the avenger” – {Psalm 8:2} Praying children not only get God’s ear, they get results!  Better yet, praying children become praying adults.  In “Let the Children Pray”, Esther teaches you how your children can be released to pray with purpose and power.  Your children can be equipped and released to join the growing army of young warriors who are helping to change both generations and nations. God’s response to the children’s prayers (remarkable testimonies included) confirm a new generation of mighty prayer warriors in our homes and churches – a virtually untapped resource for such a time as this!

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Most churches have children occupied in the back room when corporate church prayer meeting take place as if they’re too young to pray. But children can be taught to be intercessors. What’s more, in the Bible, children were always included in prayer meetings. Children’s prayers are powerful. That’s why I loved what Esther Ilnisky wrote in this book. She teaches how we can equip and release our children to pray. All children’s pastors should read it.

Planning See You At the Pole for Children’s Ministry

Every year, youth and children from around the nation gather at the flagpole at their schools and pray for revival.

Some have left children out of this great event because of the need for adult supervision. But adults are legally allowed to join students in prayer.

One of the greatest things you can do for the children in your ministry as they go back to their elementary schools is to organize a See You At the Pole Event.

See You at the Pole is held on the last Wednesday of September at 7:00 am. This year, it is September 25th. You can find more information about See You At The Pole  at their website. The theme for See You at the Pole 2013 is If/Then. If we pray, seek, turn, then God hears, forgives, heals. The theme verse passage is 2 Chronicles 7:14.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Organizing See You at the Pole for Children’s Ministry:

Pray: Bathe the students who want to participate in this in prayer.

Prepare: Have an adult leader and student leaders at each school. The students can advertise the event in the school by hanging up posters and telling their friends. The adult would notify the school principal and parents about the event and let them know that there will be adult supervision.

Publicize: Promote this event in your children’s ministry. Get the children excited about it. Give children fliers to pass out to their friends at school. Send a letter home to the parents telling them about this ministry and how their children can be involved.

Plan:  Have the adult at each school get together with the students and plan what they will do. What will they pray for? Will they sing a song or read scripture?

Promote: You can do this by having a special Back to School children’s church where you talk about the power of prayer as the children go to school and how this is one way they can demonstrate their faith. I also recommend a children’s service geared around prayer and this event. Take some time to teach the children why we are praying at the schools and how they can pray. Assure them that they don’t have to pray out loud at these events unless they want to. Showing up and praying silently at the school’s flagpole is powerful.

For more information about See You at the Pole, visit their website here.

Prayer Sponsors For Children

School has started, and children are entering a spiritual war zone. They need prayer. That’s why having a prayer sponsor for each child in your ministry is essential. Here’s a few ideas on how to have prayer sponsors.

Advertise in the congregation. Let the members of the congregation know that they are committing not only to praying for a child every day, but to connecting with that child at least once a month. They should also send the child a birthday card and thinking of you postcards occasionally. Let the sponsors know they are committing to this for one year.

Launch the Program with a Special Day. You could have a special banquet where the prayer sponsors will sit with the children they’re praying for. Or you could have a special children’s anointing service and have each prayer sponsor pray for his or her child. Free plans for a children’s anointing service can be downloaded at this link.

Give Information. Prayer sponsors should be given information about the child they are praying for including age, grade, school, parent’s names, address, email, and phone number.

Have a list of suggestions on what to pray for. You could put these suggestions on a bookmark they can place in their Bibles. Make the bookmarks out of card stock paper. Here’s a list you could use.

  • School
  • Family
  • Health
  • Activities
  • Relationship with God

An Opportunity to Give. You can also use this as a way to raise funds for children’s ministry. Give the sponsors enough offering envelopes for the year and suggest they give a certain amount of money to the children’s ministry once a month in the name of the child they are sponsoring. If there are any trips or special events that cost money, the money they give will go toward the child they’re sponsoring.

Invite prayer sponsors to children’s ministry events, and let them know what’s going on in children’s ministry in your church.

The prayer sponsor program can be one of the most effective programs in your children’s ministry. Prayer changes things.

Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model

Models are easy ways to teach children to pray. Sometimes people get the idea that using a model for prayer isn’t right, but when Jesus was asked by the disciples how to pray, He gave them a model – the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is my favorite model to teach children because it’s the model the Bible uses. I’ve included other models as well. Here’s a few models you can use to teach your students how to pray.

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10-14): The best known model for prayer is the one Jesus taught. Here’s an easy way to teach children this model using the finger on your hand.

ThumbOur Father in Heaven, we pray that Your Name will always be kept holy. The thumb is the most important digit on the hand. Without it we can’t pick things up easily. The thumb represents the most important part of prayer – praise.

Pointer Finger – We pray that Your kingdom will come and we pray that what You want will be done. At this time, point to the sky. This is when we pray for what God wants.

Middle Finger – Give us the food we need for each day. This is the biggest finger and represents what you pray for the most, both your needs and other people’s needs.

Ring Finger – Forgive the sins we have done just as we forgive those who did wrong to us. The ring finger is the finger that represents relationships. We ask God to forgive us to restore our relationship with Him, and we forgive others to restore our relationship with people.

Pinkie Finger – Do not cause us to be tested, but save us from the evil one. The devil’s power over us is small when we pray. That’s why we use the smallest finger to represent spiritual warfare.

Thumb – Praise. We start with praise, and we end with praise.

FistJames 5:16b The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Move the thumb over your other fingers to form a fist. When we pray like that, it’s a powerful thing.

ACTS Model: ACTS is an acronym that some use as a model during their prayer time.

Adoration – This is the time we use to praise God.

Confession – We need to confess anything we’ve done wrong to God.

Thanksgiving – It’s important to thank God for what He’s done for us.

Supplication – This is where we talk to God about our needs.

PRAY Model: Pray is an acronym.

Praise – Start prayer time with praise.

Repent – Ask God to forgive you for the things you’ve done wrong.

Ask – Ask God to meet your needs and the needs of others.

Yield – Ask God to show you what He wants for your life.

The next post will be about how God wants us to pray.