As I'm sure many of you already know, tomorrow is being recognized as the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. You can visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org to read President Bush's official proclamation, and view specific prayer needs. We are in particular need of God's hand to work in our judicial system; this is where the moral battle is waged.
In thinking of prayer, I thought I would share a prayer model that we have been using with our children which I thought others of you may find useful. After we bring our thanksgivings to God, we bring our requests in this manner:
Hold your hand out in front of you. You will notice that your thumb curves back toward you. Let your thumb remind you to pray for those closest to you: your spouse, children, siblings, etc.
Your pointer is your strongest finger. Let your pointer finger remind you to pray for those in leadership and positions of authority: our President, local government officials, your pastor and his family.
Your third finger, 'tallman', points farther away than your other fingers. Let your tallman remind you to pray for those who are far away: Missionaries, our brave Military men and women, long-distance relatives, etc.
Your fourth finger is your weakest finger. Let your fourth finger remind you to pray for those who are weak: the poor, the sick, the unborn.
The pinky is your smallest finger and comes last. Use your pinky as a reminder to pray for yourself. Bring your personal requests to God.
Derek began teaching this Hand Model for prayer to our kids several months ago, and it has been a joy to watch them begin to develop a prayer life. I hope it will be a blessing to your families as well!
Let's all be in prayer together for our beloved Nation tomorrow and all through the year. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD!