It was early in my career and I was leading my first meeting. I was trying to describe how the computer system was going to work, but no one in the room seemed to understand. By the end of the meeting, we were no further along than when we’d started. My manager stayed behind after everyone else left and provided this piece of advice, “you need to speak in pictures.”
According to some studies, 65% of us are visual learners, meaning we learn better from pictures, graphics, illustrations and charts. If you are in this group of visual learners, or even in the 5% of kinesthetic learners who need touch and movement, then you may like this prayer framework even better than the A.C.T.S template.
Use The 5 Finger Prayer to Visually Recall Your Prayer List
This prayer is said to have been created by Pope Francis, long before he was elected to be the Pope. It shows his sense of simplicity and can be a great prayer format to share with your children.
Hold out your hand as you pray and say a prayer for each of your five fingers.
1) Thumb: The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”
2) Index Finger: The next finger is the index or pointer finger. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you, and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.
3) Middle Finger: This finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.
4) Ring Finger: The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind you to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.
5) Pinkie Finger: And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
PRAY DEEP CHALLENGE: Try the 5 Finger Prayer today. Each time you pray, think of a different group of people to pray for with each finger. If you have children, this is a great prayer to do with them.
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