Five Finger Prayer

Here is a wonderful aid to getting into a good habit of daily 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. This 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 pinky 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.

Prayer for Grace and Guidance
Lord, we seek you with all our heart, with all the strength you have given us. We long to understand that which we believe. You are our only hope; please listen to our plea. Do not let our weariness lessen our desire to find you, to seek your face.

You created us in order to find you; you give us strength to seek you. Our strength and our weakness are in your hands; preserve our strength and help us in our weakness. Where you have already opened the door, let us come in; where it is shut, open at our knocking. Let us always remember you, until you restore us to your perfect pattern. Amen.

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