Monday, May 18, 2009

Five Finger Prayer

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 no matter how you voted, 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.
I'm sure most of you have heard this before, but what a neat way to use as a reminder to pray for others. I have several #4's for you all to pray for this morning (those who are weak, in trouble, or in pain):
1. Mr. Sonny Gray
Mr. Sonny has taken a very bad turn for the worse. His original diagnosis of 6 months has been lessened tremendously. Please, please pray for Mr. Sonny and also for his precious wife, Ms. Donna, that God will bring comfort to Sonny from his pain, and also peace and comfort to Ms. Donna's heart and mind.

2. Ms. Norma Watson
Please continue to pray for Ms. Norma. She was taken back to the hospital last night, and it turned out to be a pulled muscle, not nearly as bad as we had originally thought it was. (Thank you, dear Lord!!!) Please pray for her continued healing.

3. Ms. Belinda Dunn
Ms. Belinda will be going to the oncologist tomorrow to determine the course of her treatment. I know that she's very concerned about a lot of the things that go along with chemotherapy, as all of us would be. Please ask God to comfort her heart and give both her and her doctors discernment in making the right decisions.

4. Ms. Bertha James
Ms. Bertha is a precious lady in my Sunday school class. She has such a wonderful testimony. She is undergoing radiation and I know would love to know that there were lots of people praying for her. She has several other health concerns also.

5. Little Bit
Our baby grandson is having some problems with a sinus and ear infection. He's very wobbly on his little feet...and very, very clingy to his Mommy. Please pray that God will heal his little ears so that his walk will be more steady, and he'll feel better!!!

6. Ms. Janis and Ms. Missy
These are my buddies from church. Ms. Janis fell last night at church and has several cuts on her hands that are bothering her, and also hurt her foot and back. Please pray that God will take away the pain and soreness. Ms. Missy has a terrible sinus infection and cough. Please pray that God will help her to feel better really soon!!
(I love you both!!)

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

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