Praying Hands

1. Your thumb is nearest to you.
So begin your prayers by praying for
those closest to you.
They are the easiest to ones 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 for 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 business and industry,
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 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.

A father was approached by his small son,
who told him proudly,
"I know what the Bible means!"

His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean,
you "know" what the Bible means?"

The son replied, "I do know!"

"Okay," said the father.
"So Son, what does the Bible mean?"

"That's easy, Daddy.
It stands for
'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth'."

A Bible that is falling apart
Usually belongs to someone who isn't

When you find it hard to get to sleep tonight;
Just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

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

When you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.

When you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

When you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week,
for $15.00 to feed her family.

When you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient who wishes she had hair to examine.

When you find yourself at a loss and pondering;
what is life all about, what is my purpose?
Be thankful, there are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.

When you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness,
ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
Remember, things could be worse.
You could be them!

Give God what's right - not what's left.

"Pray" is a four-letter word you can say anywhere.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

To be almost saved is to be totally lost.

Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a facelift.

When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.

God doesn't want shares of your life - He wants a controlling interest.

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

We don't change God's message - His message changes us.

The church is prayer-conditioned.

When God ordains, He sustains.

WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.

Suffering with truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.

Exercise daily - walk with the Lord.

Coincideces happen when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Wisdom has two parts - (1) having a lot to say (2) not saying it.

Never give the devil a ride - he will always want to drive.

A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.

Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.

Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

He who angers you controls you.

Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.

Give the devil an inch & he'll be a ruler.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

Deciding not to choose Jesus is still making a choice.

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

If God is your co-pilot - swap seats.

"Give me souls, take everything else away."-St. John Bosco

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