Prayer Renews Hope

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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by Mikey Marazza

In a world that is made up of all kinds of people -- children who have gone bad, news of natural disasters, stories that totally depress the average person --we need to slow down.


We need to take a good look at ourselves and find out what is really important in life. I would like to share this with you. It is called The Five Finger Prayer.


Your thumb is nearest you, so begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones, 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 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.


Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.


Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.


Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.


Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved.


Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the women in dire straits, working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to feed her family.


Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take a walk.


Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemotherapy who wishes she had hair to examine.


Should you decide to send this to a friend, you might brighten someone's day.

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