It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Chapter 5, Page 8, Book 14

Five Fingers Of Prayer

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 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. Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.  Should you decide to send this to a friend, you might brighten someone's day! Pass this on to someone special... I did! God Bless!

Author Unknown

Day 18 of 50: Pray Always and Everywhere

I’ve learned some important lessons in life and one of them involves crisis management.  I’ve found that when you pray about everything all the time, not in just the moments of crisis, but all the time,  you are more prepared for the bad times when they happen.

We face many challenges and crises in life. Sometimes the crises are major; sometimes they are minor. To avoid living in a constant state of emergency, pray always.  Too many of us simply cease without praying.  We’re distracted by troubles or duty or we quit just because it’s late already and we’re tired. Sometimes we are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable.

 Prayer can impact the way we heal, it can change the way we see things in relationship, it can calm us and it can provide for us a spirit of hope that enables us to get through the rough seas of our lives

Today I’m thankful for:

1649. for Iris plants just about to bloom in my yard
1650.  for a sunny day to enjoy
1651.  for flower boxes full of blooms on the porch

Prayer is only as good as God is. Since He is good, so is prayer. Prayer works because He does. Prayer changes things because God changes things. Prayer makes a difference because God has determined to make a difference. Prayer matters because you matter to God.

Max Lucado


linda m said...

I love the "Five Fingers of Prayer". And yes, prayer does work. I have seen too many instances of prayer working not to believe in it's power. God bless you.

jack69 said...

Mama's favorite saying and she had a plaque on the wall that said, "Prayer Changes Things".

She was a firm believer, I wish everyone could have had a mama like that.

I did not know the ring finger was the weaker of the fingers. I like learning, even at this age.

I also liked that analogy.

betty said...

I like your thoughts about praying before crises hit. That is so true, people tend to say "well all we can do about it is pray" but that's the first thing they should be doing. I like the 5 Fingers of Prayer; good model to pray for different people/things one might not otherwise pray for.



It was a nice sunny day here too. Got up to 87 degrees. ENJOY your flowers.