An alternate presentation for the Hand & Eye Silks from Barry Mitchell Products
By Barry Mitchell
Main Point: A message about prayer
Props: The Hand & Eye silks are usually performed by changing the hand into the eye using a palmo ball. In this presentation the eye silk is changed into the hand.
Recently I had my eyes opened to the miracle working power of prayer. (Show eye silk and begin pushing it into your fist.) But despite the helping hand of God in our daily lives, many of us miss the mystery of prayer. Allow me to give you a hand. (Produce hand silk.)
Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. But here is a memory tool that you carry at the end of your arm.
When we fold our hands to pray, the thumb is nearest to us. We can begin by praying for those closest to us–our loved ones. (Philippians 1:3-5)
The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach and point the way for us to follow. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
The next finger is the tallest. It reminds us to pray for those in authority over us–national and local leaders, and our supervisor at work. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are weak and suffering. (James 5:13-16)
(Possible joke if it fits your personality to add humor: This finger is also the wedding ring finger. So when you pray for the weak and suffering be sure to pray for the married.)
And finally our little finger is our reminder to pray for little ole me. Ask God to supply your needs. (Philippians 4:6,19).
If you have ever had a small child wrap all their fingers around just one of your fingers and give a little tug, you know how that feels in your heart. That child’s slight grip and tug on your finger can’t help but tug on your heart. In the same way, when we pray, we tug on God’s heart.
Special Thanks: The idea for this mini sermon came from a daily devotional from “Our Daily Bread,” (www.rbc.org) and a sermon from my local pastor.