1. Your thumb is nearest to 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 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 pinky
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.
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight; Just remember the
homeless family who has no bed to lie in.
Should you find yourself stuck in traffic; don't despair. There are
people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of
work for the last three months.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who
has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in
dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 to
feed her family.
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, Think
of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer
patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering; what is life all about,
what is my purpose? Be thankful, there are those who didn't live long
enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness,
ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You
could be them!!!