“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:18

 

This week is when we would have been gathering for our synod assembly had we not needed to cancel it due to the pandemic. During this time together, we would have been focusing on prayer together along with business. Even though we are not gathering physically in one place, we are wanting to engage us all in a variety of prayer practices. Each month, we will highlight a prayer practice, some familiar, some new. Today we share the Hand Prayer. As you prepare, grab a piece of paper and pencil or pen. You will start by tracing your hand, your hand created in God’s image. Write THANKS on your thumb, PRAISE on your pointing finger, LEADERS on your middle, WEAK on your ring finger, and ME on your pinkie. You will hold that thumb up as you remember to thank God and give him a big “thumbs up”. Even give thanks for the hard things knowing God can work them out for your good (Romans 8:28). Ending by saying from 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” You’ll go on Praise God with your pointer finger and read scripture from Matthew 6, then focusing on your middle finger pray for those who lead, teach, help and read scripture from 2 Timothy 2. Next wiggle your ring finger, notice its weakness, and it will remind you to pray for the sick, hurting, poor as well as friends and family and read the scripture from Ephesians 6. Finally your pinkie allows us to share with God about you, ask for forgiveness, share your needs, your fears, your excitements and ask for God to guide you as you read from Matthew 6. What a beautiful prayer practice that allows us to see, feel, and talk to God. Click here for a one page guide.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”, 1 Timothy 2:1