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I was thinking the other day about a humorous discussion on how to pray. It is a good illustration what we’re talking about here. The discussion went something like this:


“The Proper way for men to Pray,

Said Deacon Samuel Keys

(At least the best for me,

Is down upon the knees.)

Oh, I should say the way to Pray,

Said Rev. Dr. Wise,

Is standing straight with arms outstretched

And rapt’ and upturned eyes.

Oh, no, no, no –said Elder Slow

That posture is too proud

A man should pray with eyes fast closed

And head serenely bowed.

Seems to me his hands should be

Serenely clasped in front

Both thumbs pointed toward the ground,

Said Rev. Dr. Blunt

I fell in Hitchkin’s well the other day,

(Head first) said Willy Brown,

Both my feet was a stickin’ up

And my head was a stickin’ down,

I prayed a prayer right then and there

(The best prayer I ever prayed)

The prayingest prayer I ever prayed

I was a standin’ on my head.

[Heard this told by Jack Taylor in about 1993.]


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