“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
The Prayer Of Cyrus Brown
“The proper way for a man to pray,” Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes, “And the only proper attitude is down upon his knees.”
“No, I should say the way to pray,” said Rev. Doctor Wise,
“Is standing straight with outstretched arms and raptured upturned eyes.”
“Oh, no; no, no,” said Elder Slow, “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 toward the ground,” said Rev. Doctor Blunt.
“Last year, I fell in Hodgkin’s well head first,” said Cyrus Brown,
“with both my heels a-stickin’ up, my head a-pointing down;
“An’ I made a prayer right then an’ there– best prayer I ever said,
the prayinest prayer I ever prayed, a-standing on my head.”
From Derric Johnson
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