Praying on Your Fingers

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fingersThe Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’

Billy Graham

Psalm 55:17

King James Version (KJV)

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.
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 used for pointing. Pray for those who point you toward the truth, whether at church or schoo;. Pray for teachers, mentors, pastors, and those who inspire your faith.

The third finger is the tallest. Let it stand for leaders in every spere 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. Those in Belize who are being over taken by the “Crack Cocaine” epidimic. Pray for those who are in war torn countries, trapped and inpovisioned prisoners of other countries. My God thier are so many to pray for on the weakest finger.

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!

Daily prayers will diminish your cares. Don’t long for the absence of problems in your life. That is an unrealistic goal, since in this world you will have trouble. You have an eternity of problem-free living reserved for you in heaven. rejoice in that inheritance, which no one can take away from you, but do not seek your heaven on earth.

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