Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Most of us forget that God is participating in the conversation too. We talk about what we need, our pain and our requests but rarely listen to any Divine responses.

Sometimes we need to discover a new “method” to help us in our prayers. We can pray the Psalms, the prayer and hymnbook of the Old Testament, the prayers of Scripture (such as the Lord’s Prayer), or use the method called ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication).

A devotional book, “Our Daily Bread,” included a guide for praying called the “Five-Finger Prayer.” It can be used as a guide to renewed prayers for others:

(1) When you fold your hands, the thumbs are nearest to you. Begin with praying for those closest to you — your loved ones!

(2) The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who share the good news — Bible teachers, pastors and those who teach children.

(3) The next finger is the tallest and reminds you to pray for those in authority over you — national and local leaders and the people who supervise your work.

(4) The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble and who are suffering! The Bible assures us that God sees the homeless and afflicted.

(5) Finally, we see the little finger. It reminds me of my smallness in relationship to God’s greatness. It speaks of our humility before Him. Ask Him to supply all your needs.

Whatever method you use, remember prayer is just talking with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart and to whisper His love in your ear.

The most important part of our prayers is the quiet time when we listen to the words of eternal life! In quietness and confidence, we pause and remember the words Peter spoke: “To whom shall we go, Lord; you have the words of eternal life!”

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Dr. James E. Kilgore retired as President of the International Family Foundation and lives in Canton. His most recent book, “Living Without Limits,” was published in late 2019 and is available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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