Your Mighty Hand of Prayer

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We are going to continue our journey in learning about prayer through scripture. Before we start, however, you are going to need to acknowledge that God is creative and has passed on some of that creativity on to you. That being said, take a good look at your hand. Whether you picked your left hand or your right, it will serve as a great tool for you the next time you are in prayer. Oh, and by-the-way, we are now going to call the hand you picked, your ‘Prayer Hand’.

Looking at your prayer hand we are going to start with your thumb. The thumb represents Praise. As you enter your time of prayer, enter it praising God for who He is in your life. David teaches us this very approach in Psalm 100:

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.


Later in Psalm 146, David goes on saying, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Jesus reinforces this same approach when He teaches us the Lord’s Prayer by starting with “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
The next finger you want to focus on is the pointer finger. This finger represents Thanksgiving. It will naturally flow from praising God for He is in your life, right into thanking Him for what He has done for you.

20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Ephesians 5:20

The next finger is the middle finger and it represents Intercession. This is when you begin to pray for others. We are encouraged in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We should always be in prayer for each other, whether we are found near or far.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

- Ephesians 6:18-19

We move on to the ring finger. It is with this finger that we ask for a hand in marriage and make a commitment with. So, this finger now represents Petition. This now reminds us that we can freely come to God and petition Him to intervene on our behalf with whatever weighs in our hearts and thoughts because we are His and He is ours. Hannah, the mother of Samuel knew and understood this part of prayer very well. Look at her testimony: “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:27).

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

- John 14:12-14

The last finger is the pinky finger. This little guy represents Confession. When confessing, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your attention anything that is hindering your faith or obstructing God’s blessings in your life. This may seem intimidating at first, but don’t let fear try to stop you. Be encouraged by the words of 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
The next time you are in prayer, take your prayer hand out and begin to Praise, Thank, Intercede, Petition, and Confess. A great place and time to put this into practice is at our Sunday Morning Prayer time. Join us at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall and be strengthened and encouraged by other believers. However, I encourage you to start each day with prayer. Before you do anything else, pray. You will start to notice a difference in your life when you start your day with God.

PRAYER

Jesus,

I praise Your Holy name. You are the good shepherd. A wonderful counselor. There is power in Your name to set free and deliver. Thank You for providing for me and my family. For the strength You give me to continue and for the hope that can only be found in You. I pray for those at Calvary that have lost loved ones. Wrap Your loving arms around them and comfort them. We know that Your joy is their strength. I ask that you continue to inspire me and show more ways in which I can better serve you. Holy Spirit I ask that You please bring to mind any sin, any hindrance, and obstacle that is preventing me from being what God has created me to be. I confess my fears, my doubts, and rebellion to You. I lay these at the feet of Jesus to be crushed and take His forgiveness and freedom. AMEN.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Nathan

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