From Pastor Davies – 1/31
How should we pray for others? Let me share a way that was taught to me by one of my childhood Sunday school teachers. “Praying for others is as simple as looking at the five fingers on your hand,” she said. “Your thumb is nearest to you, so begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you – your family, your friends.”
“The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and pastors.”
“The next finger is the tallest figure. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in industry, and administrators. Also for world leaders, even our enemies. What they do influences us all.”
“The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as most piano teachers will tell you. It reminds us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble, or in pain.”
“And last comes our little finger, the smallest of all, which is where we should put 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.”
Many Christians seem to think that they have no particular gift for ministry in the church. Perhaps you feel that way. But there is a ministry, a vital one that all of us can have, that can have a tremendous impact on our church and our community. It’s the ministry of intercessory prayer.
And so I pray that Memorial Presbyterian Church might continue to be a praying church. Doing so will enable our congregation and community to be a stronger witness for God.
Have a blessed week. And see you in worship next Sunday.