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Five Fingers of Prayer
Your thumb is nearest to you. So also praise God for and pray 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."
This 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 Petition Prayers. This prayer is for yourself and those whom are the most important to you. Often called the "gimme" prayers, because we are telling God of our needs. Make sure they are your needs, not greeds; asking with wrongs motives is a sure way to not hear from God, or at least not in the way you intended.. "First of all, I urge you that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on the behalf of all me, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity,." I Tim 2:1
The 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.
Don't forget to Listen! Extend your
palm to Him in you prayers, expecting a blessing. Palms are
for receiving; our greatest blessing is to hear from God.
Pause a few moments. Let your heart be still. Listen to see if
God wants to speak to you. "My sheep know my voice..." John