November 18, 2011

The 5 Fingers of Prayer

Posted in Random Interesting Facts at 9:17 pm by sanguinemare

I thought this was a good way to think about prayer (and what to pray for).   I’ve seen it somewhere long ago, but refound it as a repost from a friend’s blog.  Take a look at the 5 fingers of 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 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.