Contributed by Mary Paton.
Alistair Begg says in his book PRAY BIG that
“What matters is a dependent heart, not a particular posture, as one of my favourite poems makes hilariously clear”:
“The proper way for a man to pray”
Said is Lemuel Keyes,
“And the proper attitude,
Is down upon his knees”
“No, I should say the way to pray,”
Said Reverend Doctor Wise,
“is standing straight, with outstretched arms,
With rapt and upturned eyes”.
“Oh no, no, no said Elder Snow,
“Such posture is too proud:
A man should pray with eyes fast closed
And head contritely bowed”.
“It seems to me one’s hands should be
Astutely clasped in front,
With both thumbs pointed towards the ground,”
Said Reverend Doctor Blunt.
“Last year I fell in Hodgkin’s well
Head first,” said Cyrus Brown,
“With both my heels-a-stickin’ up,
And my head a-pointing down;
And I done prayed right there and then
Best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
Standing on my head”.
(Sam Walker Foss)