Five Finger Prayer for Children

Five fingers prayer method for children

Here is a helpful approach for teaching kids to pray. It’s a format that allows children to recall and pray in their own words for five different groups of people. All this lines up with the five fingers of their hand.

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There are a few different versions of the five-finger prayer on the Internet (here | here | here). I was unable to track down the original, so I’ve collected below what seems like the best of each version.

Teaching Kids the Five Finger Prayer

Thumb (people who are close to you) These are your close friends and family, often the first you think about when you pray. Give thanks to God and ask his protection on your parents, siblings, friends, and classmates.

Pointer (people who point the way) These are leaders in your life, such as teachers and pastors. Offer God your thanksgiving for them and ask him to help them in their important work.

Tall Finger (people in authority) The big people in the world need prayer too. Ask God to give wisdom to our government, military, and police.

Ring Finger (people who are weak) This is your weakest finger. We should remember others who are sick, live in poverty, or are treated badly. Pray that Jesus would give them new strength.

Little Finger (your own needs) God wants to hear your needs too, especially when you put others first. Pray for your own growth in mind, body, and spirit.

We would love to hear your opinion on this five-finger prayer model. Click here to leave a comment below. You can share your own version or make suggestions for teaching this to children. You might also enjoy our prayer coloring pages and simple prayers for children.

Right click on this link to download the following printable in PDF format sent to us from Paula Baytieh.

Printable 5 Finger Prayer for Children

Preschool Version

After writing this post, I discovered a similar explanation from Christine Jones on her video blog. The fingers have a little different meaning, but this would be a great way to adapt this prayer for preschool aged children.


  1. Joann Jenkins says

    This is such an awesome site. I am becoming a better person just from reading the articles. God bless you all!

  2. Lucia Landino says

    I love your lessons. God is so happy with you and with your Ministry. Lucia

  3. Michelle says

    I love the idea too about the Five Finger prayer- especially looking for a finger and asking about Forgiveness. What a wonderful way of remembering to pray. Thanks. Michelle

  4. Erin says

    I’ve been looking for something like this. I’m wondering though if it might be better to combine the teacher/government prayers on one finger to make room for a confession/forgiveness finger

  5. Joseph Iwaye says

    Perfect way to pray. It’s not only for the children but a big help for adult who do not know how to pray. Praying for others helps us to stay long in the place of prayer.

  6. Marcela Cole says

    I love this lesson is a simple way of teaching children to pray and is also useful for adults. God bless you

  7. Nicole Lowe says

    Thanks for the 5 finger prayer! We are going to use it this week. I am going to have the children practice hand tracing during center time and then we will discuss the prayer at devotion time. Wonderful way to explain it to everyone…of all ages!

  8. Ameila says

    I like this lesson. I used it in Childrens’ Church. After the lesson I had the children trace their hand on a piece of consrtuction paper that was folded in half to make prayer hands and wrote the words on each finger. Then they cut it out and wrote a verse or prayer inside.

  9. Elizabeth says

    I love this simple way to teach children how to pray.

    i must admit that I also find it useful to me, as an adult. Thank you!

  10. Anne says

    I must practice this prayer first before I teach this to the childre. Thanks!

  11. Jonathan T. Gray says

    It’s wonderful… I’m going to use it along with my children and make a song out of it.

  12. Carol says

    What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much. We will use this in our ministry. :)

  13. Margie Turner says

    This is terrific!, I’ll be teaching this one to my little ones on Sunday. I’ve used so many of your ideas, thank you!

  14. says

    Amazing, before teaching this to the children i will first use it my self, it is so comprehensive that every one is covered.
    Thanks A lot

  15. Amie says

    It’s wonderful idea!!!!!! I definatetly will use for my kids.

  16. temmy says

    I love this five finger prayers.I’ll teach it to my kids this sunday. Thanks

  17. Karen says

    I’ve taught this prayer to my classes and to my own children. It helps us to remember everyone in our prayers.

  18. Becky says

    What a great idea! I had never heard of this before, I think we will use this in our ministry! Thanks. :)

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