Postures of Prayer
Someone has vividly expressed this in a humorous little poem that reads as follows:
“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 Hodgkins well headfirst, said Cyril 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 prayinest prayer I ever prayed, a-standin on my head.”