God created a reminder on how to pray right at the end of our arms. Our fingertips give us a pattern so that we don’t forget anyone:
- Our thumb is nearest to our hearts, so begin your prayers by praying for those closest to us—our loved ones.
- The index finger is the pointing finger. It stands for those who teach and heal, including teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.
- The middle finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders—the President, Congress, Judicial System, state and local officials, heads of business and industry, and administrators—those who shape our nation and guide public opinion.
- The ring finger is surprisingly our weakest finger. It reminds us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble, or in pain.
- Last is our little finger, the smallest of all. This is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others in our prayers.
By the time we have prayed for the other four finger groups, our own needs will be put into proper perspective and we will be able to pray for ourselves more effectively.