Five Fingers of Prayer
The fingers on our hands can help us remember for whom to pray.
- The thumb is nearest to us. Begin prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. Praying for loved ones is a sweet duty.
- The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, ministers, and church elders. They need wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.
- The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of secular leaders. Pray for our president and the Congress, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion.
- The fourth finger is the ring finger. It is the weakest finger, as any piano teacher will explain. This reminds us to pray for the weak, those in trouble, and those in pain. They need prayers day and night.
- Last comes the little finger, the smallest of all. This is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. The BIble says, "He who is least among you will be great" (Luke 9:48). 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.
"I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men." (1 Timothy 2:1)