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."
The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for
those who teach, instruct, and heal. This list
includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need
support and wisdom in pointing others in the right
direction. Keep them in your prayers.
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.
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.
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.
[Copied from the First Presbyterian Church in
Lincoln Mid-week reflection]