Postures in Prayer

hands folded in prayers

Here’s a silly poem about the different postures of prayer from the archives of Alistair Begg:

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

“No! I should say the way to pray,” said Reverend Doctor Wise, “is standing with outstretched arms with rapt and upturned eyes.”

“No, no, no,” said Elder Snow, “such posture is too proud. 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 head first,” said Pastor Brown, “with both my heels a stickin’ up and my head a pointin’ down. And I done prayed right then and there. Best prayer I ever said. The prayin’ prayer I ever prayed…a standin’ on me head.

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