The 5-Finger Prayer
Snack: Make Jell-O Jigglers to go
with this activity. Enjoy with some fruit juice.
Jell-O Jigglers - 5 bite-sized cubes for each student
The 5-Finger Prayer is a fun way to remember to pray, and who to pray
for. Place 5 Jell-O Jigglers in front of each child. As you learn about the
prayer that each of your five fingers symbolizes, enjoy a Jell-O Jiggler. Like
prayer, it's sweet!
1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those
closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones
is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach,
instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need
support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our
leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and
administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They
need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. This is our weakest finger,
as any piano teacher will tell you. It reminds us to pray for those who are
weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot
pray too much for them.
5. And last comes our little finger, your pinkie. It's the
smallest finger of all -- which is where we should place ourselves in relation
to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest
among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the
time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into
proper perspective. You count - but never put yourself first. Leave that to