The Five Finger Prayer
The Five Finger Prayer:
1. Our thumb is nearest us. We should begin our prayers by praying for those closest to us. 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. We should 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. We must keep them in our prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. We should 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. We cannot pray too much for them.
5. And last is our little finger. It is 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. Our little finger should remind us to pray for ourselves. By the time we have prayed from the other four groups, our own needs will be put into proper perspective and we will be able to pray for ourselves more effectively.