Friday, September 26, 2008

The Finger Prayer

The Five Finger Prayer

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 prayers.

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. Surprising to
many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as
any piano teacher will testify. It should remind 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 lastly comes our little finger - 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 and you will
be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Some of you may have already seen this prayer, but my little sis shared it with me and I thought I would post it for others!


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