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    Monday, 26 June 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional June 27, 2017- FIVE-FINGER PRAYERS

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    OUR Daily Bread

    FIVE-FINGER PRAYERS


      June 27, 2017
    OUR Daily Bread

    Read: James 5:13–18 | Bible in a Year: Job 8–10; Acts 8:26–40
       
    Pray for each other. James 5:16

    Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently came across this “Five-Finger Prayer” to use as a guide when praying for others:

    • When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Phil. 1:3–5). OUR Daily Bread

    Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others.
    • The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach—Bible teachers and preachers, and those who teach children (1 Thess. 5:25).

    • The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Tim. 2:1–2).


    • The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13–16).

    • Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God’s greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).

    Whatever method you use, just talk with your Father. He wants to hear what’s on your heart.
    Father, give me the wisdom to know how to pray for others. OUR Daily Bread




    It’s not the words we pray that matter; it’s the condition of our heart.



    INSIGHT:
    In today’s reading we see how believers can enrich their fellowship with God through intercession and praise. Prayer is a vital lifeline of conversation with the living God who made us and provided for our redemption. In James 5:13–18 we read how we are urged to use prayer in all the seasons of our lives. When we are blessed, we can offer an expression of thanksgiving and praise.

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional June 27, 2017-  FIVE-FINGER PRAYERS

    When we or others are physically ill, we can offer intercession for healing. In times of temptation and struggle, prayers for victory are a priority. Elijah is an example of someone who had the same needs and weaknesses that we do; yet his prayers to God resulted in the rain stopping for three and a half years and then starting again.

    What can you have a conversation with God about today?

    Our Daily Bread is a devotional calendar-style booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries) in over 55 languages.[1] The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. It was first published in April 1956 and includes writing about the Bible and insights into Christian living. The booklet's title originates from a line of the Lord's Prayer. The contents include a Bible passage and a relevant article for each day of the year. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread's "Bible In One Year" reading program.

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