The Finger Theory: Praying for Missionaries

We can use our fingers to help us pray for those working to fulfil Jesus’ Great Commission among those underprivileged, underserved and unreached.

R.A Torrey Says: “The man or woman at home who prays often has as much to do with the effectiveness of the missionary on the field, and consequently with the results of his or her labours, as the missionary.”

Your thumb is nearest to you, begin by praying for missionaries closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. C.S. Lewis said that praying for those we love is a “sweet duty.”

Index or pointing finger
Let your “pointing finger” remind you to pray for missionaries who teach, instruct, and heal such as teachers, doctors, and evangelists. They need support and wisdom for pointing others in the right direction.

Middle finger

Our tallest finger reminds us of our church leaders who direct and supervise missionary outreach. We can never pray too much for them.

Ring finger
As any piano teacher will testify, the ring finger is our weakest finger. This weaker finger reminds us to pray for those missionaries who are discouraged, in trouble, or in pain.

Little finger
Our little finger is the smallest of the digits on our hands, which is where we should place our individual wants and desires in relation to world evangelism needs. The Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Let’s pray for the people of the world who have the greatest need to find Jesus. Pray that they will open their eyes and see Him.

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