“and you shall kill the ram and take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet...”
Exodus 29:20 ESV
I wrote this prayer for the missionaries I worked alongside in South Asia, Feb 8 2020.
Anoint my ears O Lord. My ears are a constant reminder that I did not simply evolve from some single cell that crawled out of the ocean, They are among the most intricately designed, highly specialized, and miraculously engineered parts of the human body.
Let what I listen to bring glory and honor to You. Tune my ears to hear Your voice and the voice of Your people, crying out.
Hear through my consecrated ears.
Anoint my thumbs, O Lord. Thumbs are one of the ways You’ve made us different from the animals. With our thumbs we can make tools and get to work. With our thumbs we can text and post and scroll (oh, God, how I need that to be consecrated unto You!). With our thumbs we can give approval and disapproval– a thumbs-up to what is excellent and praiseworthy, and a thumbs down to that which dishonors You. Train my hands to do Your will and serve Your people.
Work through my consecrated hands.
Anoint my big toe, O Lord. Without our big toes, we would quickly lose our balance. And You call Your servants to balance so much. Faith and works. Truth and grace. Judgment and mercy. Work and rest. So Lord, anoint my big toes, so I can walk uprightly! And anoint my feet, Make my feet beautiful only insofar as I preach the gospel of peace. Anoint my feet so I can follow in Your steps and go to Your people.
Direct my consecrated steps.
And with the blood of the Lamb covering me from the top of my ears to the tips of my toes, send me to the nations. Make me Your priest, interceding for the people.