1. Your thumb is nearest you.  So begin your prayers 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 our prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. 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 this 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.                                                                           Selected

I do not know who originated this “Five Finger Prayer” but I think it is very, very good.  It can help us to keep our prayers centered, balanced on the right people and in the proper order.

My favorite verse for prayer is found in 1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us.”


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