Always on the look-out for ways to improve my prayers, I found this charming suggestion from the Church of England website:
Use your hand. Your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for.
this is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
this is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services and so on.
this is the tallest finger. Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
this is the weakest finger on your hand. It can not do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
this is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.
Does anyone have any methods of personal prayer (beyond the Mormon 4-step) that they find useful? How can we avoid vain repetition and other stumbling blocks to real communication with God? Seriously petitioning advice…