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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Five Fingers of Prayer