Knitting by Blind Faith


The Five Finger Prayer
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7:39 am
Filed under: Reflections

My good friend Judah sent this prayer to me, and it has helped to gently remind me of my prayer priorities. Despite our best intentions, I think it is human nature to look at God as a magic genii waiting to grant our every wish rather than the Holy One who deserves far more respect than any world leader.

It’s true that He loves us more than any human could, but He wants us to love and worship Him, too. I think that selfless prayer is one of the best ways to do that. It also puts our own desires into perspective.

The Five Finger Prayer

1. Your thumb is nearest 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 (or prime minister), 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 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 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.


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