People ask us all the time to remember them in our prayers. Family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow parishioners. It’s really not humanly possible to call to mind each and every intention when we’re making our daily prayer time. So, what steps do you take to make sure that all of your spiritual bases are covered? Some people keep a written list. Others commend to their prayers the people who ask for them right at the moment they make the request, and leave it to the Lord to include them whenever they pray. What is your way of doing this? Share your take with Jerry and Debbie on Thursday.
One of Jerry’s prayer methods:
- Those who pray for and support me in any way.
- Those who have asked me to pray for them.
- Those for whom I said I would pray.
- Those for whom I should pray.
- Those who need my prayers.
From listener Lois:
1. Your thumb is the nearest to you. So begin your prayer 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 industry and business, 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 pinky should
remind you to pray for yourself.