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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

5 Fingers of Prayer

Five Fingers of Prayer...this is something I'm going to introduce this week to my kids as I'm looking for ways to keep our prayer life sincere. Maybe you are too?

Your thumb is nearest to you, so begin
by praying for those closest to your heart.
They are the easiest to remember.
To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said,
a "sweet duty."
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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.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The next finger in 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.
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The fourth finger is our ring finger.
Surprising to many is the fact that it 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.
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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.

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