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What is your attitude to prayer?

The proper posture for prayer concerns the mind - for if we have filled our head with garbage we can hardly be expected to have an intellegent conversation with the Lord God Most High. A lover does not fill his or her days pondering every other thought than that of the one he or she loves; the ensuring conversations are informed by the thoughts of the day, as does our prayers to the Father. Consider the following poem (whose author I am unable to name).

“The proper way for man to pray,” said Deacon Lemuel Keyes; “the only proper attitude is down upon his knees.”

“Nay, 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 his hands should be austerely clasped in front, with both thumbs pointing to the ground,” said Reverend Doctor Blunt.”

“Last year I fell in Hodgkin’s well headfirst,” said dear old farmer Brown, “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.”

David L Simon
Posted: 02 Mar 2014