The Hand Prayer

In today’s reading in Henry & Richard Blackaby’s Discovering God’s Daily Agenda, it talks about the importance of Prayer or Praying and that we should make it a priority. Kinda funny really because I thought of not making an entry today because I’m too sleepy already.

To me, this blog site is sort of a prayer, my prayer. It obligates me to make an entry and because of that, I get to reflect and learn something. I maybe just forcing myself to reflect but the end justifies the means–I get to reflect and pray. To my surprise, a lot of good things happened to me this past few days since this blog started but i’m sure that pretty soon, I’ll be tested and it won’t be all just fun anymore. I will be lazy, I will be busy, I will be tired, I will be discouraged. Even so, I hope that those reasons won’t be enough to stop me from praying.

B.U.S.Y.  –  Being Under Satan’s Yoke

God knows the desires of our heart. For most of use,w e pray because we want something from God. But if the first statement is true, why do we have to pray? There are a lot of reasons and one of them is Intercession–we pray in behalf and for others. We show our love by caring for others, by wanting to know their concerns, and by praying for them. That is the reason why in The Hand Prayer, we pray for others first and ourselves last.

The Hand Prayer is a guide we use in our ministry. Here’s how the guide works. First, join your hands, as if you are praying, but don’t interlock your fingers. Now, place your hands near your chest. You can see that it is your thumbs that are closest to your chest, next your pointing fingers, then your middle fingers, followed by the ring fingers, and lastly, the pinky. Each finger represents a group of people that we should pray for, namely:

  • Thumbs – they are the people closest to your heart. For example, your families and friends.
  • Pointing Fingers –  our enemies, who point out our mistakes and flaws. It could also be our teachers and bosses (not saying that they should be our enemies or are our enemies) .
  • Middle Fingers – Our elders and leaders, the people we greatly respect and follow.
  • Ring Fingers – are said to be the weakest fingers. They represent the fortunate, the sick, and dying. It could mean people who are sick and dying, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
  • Pinky Fingers – being the last, it represents yourself, putting others before yourself. Even though God knows what we desire, He wants to hear ti directly from us, telling Him what we want. Telling Him shows our great desire for those prayers to be heard and answered.

So next time you pray, you might want to use this guide. The more you care for others, the more likely God will reward or bless you by answering your prayers, or maybe giving you something better than what you prayed for. So why don’t you stop for a while and pray.

Or are you too B.U.S.Y.?

Two Kinds of Wisdom

February 20, 2012

James 3:13-18, Psalm 19:8-15 , Mark 9:14-29

My reflection is based on the first reading, from James 3:13-18, which is entitled Two Kinds of Wisdom, and it’s very fitting for my first entry on this blog.

The reading talks about the two kinds of wisdom, one that is from the heavens and one is from the earth. Earthly wisdom is “unspiritual, of the devil” (v.15) while heavenly wisdom is “first of all purelthen peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (v.17).

I’m not that wise nor a model Christian to be making a blog like this. Right now, I feel that I might not have much to share and this blog might be a bad idea after all. I’m afraid that I might sound too proud. I’m not sure if my intentions on making this blog is “unearthly” or not. But what I am sure of is my faith in God and my desire to share my life to the world. This is just the first blog, the beginning, and it’s to early to say what will happen exactly to this blog. “If it is of God, it will last,”  says one of my elders in our ministry. If this is God’s Will, He will help me make this work and be fruitful–beyond my wildest dreams.

But that will not come easy. I have to put time and effort in this blog, but more on God first of course. After all, this blog is just a way to share that relationship I have with God. Without that relationship, there’ll be no entries for this blog. So I guess the first step is a lot more praying. There’s nothing you can’t do if you pray. So I’ll end this blog with a short prayer and I hope you pray along with me:

Father God, thank You for giving me this opportunity to share my life to other people. I thank You for the person reading this and who is praying along with me now. I pray that You both grant us heavenly wisdom that would help us in making better decisions in life. May we be able to use that wisdom not only for ourselves but to help others as well. I pray that You continue to guide us, mold us, protect us, and bless us each and everyday, and may we learn to thank You for everything that you have done in our lives. For without You, we would be nothing. All these we ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Be the miracle! =)