Five Fingers of Prayer


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. 

 

This is not original with me.  I do not know the author but I believe it is worth our remembering.  

 

Prayer is internal not external.  Prayer seeks inner fulfillment, rather that outer manipulation.  Prayer is standing at attention before God.  If we really pray in His Name, we shall ask only for those things which are consistent with His Name (character). The goal of praying is not the fulfilling of our request, it is the glorification of God.  In prayer we don’t tell God what to do, we find out what He want us to do.

 

Think on these words by C. S. Lewis, “God could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers and butchers; or knowlege without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries.  Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and muscles, minds and will of men to co-operate in the execution of His will.”  
We must learn to put feet to our prayers.  Prayer is designed to involve us in God’s plan, not to involve God in our plans.  Prayer is cooperation with God.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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