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Postures of Prayer

Our Daily Bread , March 10

Someone has vividly expressed this in a humorous little poem that reads as follows:

"&ls;The proper way for man to pray,' said Deacon Lemuel Keyes;&ls;The only proper attitude is down upon his knees'&ls;Nay, I should say the way to pray,' said Reverend Doctor Wise,&ls;Is standing straight with outstretched arms with rapt and upturned eyes.'

&ls;Oh, no, no, no,' said Elder Snow, &ls;such posture is too proud.A man should pray with eyes fast-closed and head contritely bowed.'&ls;It seems to me his hands should be austerely clasped in frontWith both thumbs pointing to the ground,' said Reverend Doctor Blunt.

&ls;Last year I fell in Hodgkin's well headfirst,' said Cyril Brown.&ls;With both my heels a-stickin' up, my head a-pointing' down;And I done prayed right then and there; best prayer I ever said,The prayin'est prayer I ever prayed, a-standin' on my head.'"