Five Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb is nearest to 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 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.
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight;
just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.
Should you find yourself stuck in traffic; don't
despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard
Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of
work for the last three months. Should you despair over a relationship
gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it's like to love
and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in
dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00
to feed her family.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance,
think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that
Should you notice a new grey hair in the mirror;
think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering
what is life all about, what is my purpose? Be thankful, there are those
who didn't live long
enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember,
things could be worse. You could be them!!!
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