Five Finger Prayer

A dear friend sent me an email last week that had a very neat way to put prayer into perspective. Probably one most asked questions I get is “what/how do I pray.”  I think that using this little system will help you understand prayer, and it’s importance a little better.  This is not my own idea, and I wish I knew who’s it was so I could give proper credit—but here it is:

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.

Just something to think about! Try it for yourself!   – Scott

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