Friday, May 9, 2008

Praying On Your Fingers

Prayer is one thing I find very difficult to do. Often, I hear other's pray and it sounds so natural. I know you don't need big flowery words to talk to God but so often I don't even know what to say or where to start. One of my daily devotional readings last week helped me with that and I want to share it here:

"Many children learn to count on their fingers, but a nurse once taught a child to pray on his fingers. This was her method:
Your thumb is the digit nearest to your heart, so pray first for those who are closest to you. Your own needs, of course, should be included, as well as those of your beloved family and friends.
The second finger is the one you use for pointing. Pray for those who point you toward the truth, whether at church or school. Pray for your teachers, mentors, pastors, and those who inspire your faith.
The third finger is the tallest. Let it stand for the leaders in every sphere of life. Pray for those in authority - both within the body of Christ and those who hold office in various areas of government.
The fourth finger is the weakest, as every pianist knows. Let it stand for those who are in trouble and pain - the sick, injured, abused, wounded or hurt.
The little finger is the smallest. Let it stand for those who often go unnoticed, including those who suffer abuse and deprivation.

What a great tool to use in teaching children how to pray for themselves and others! What a simple and wonderful reminder to use as we pray ourselves!"

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