1 Peter 3:12-For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil (NIV).”
I don’t know anything about Sam Walter Foss but he sure hit the nail on the head. When life seems at its worst….the basic remedy remains the same. PRAY!! Every now and again I search out his prayer and reread it.
Maybe you too need Foss’s reminder that prayer is always the right thing to do…no matter how you look while you do it.
THE PRAYER OF CYRUS BROWN by Sam Walter Foss
“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 Reverend Doctor Wise,
“Is standing straight with outstretched arms
And rapt and 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 Reverend Doctor Blunt.
“Last year I fell in Hidgekin’s well
Headfirst,” said Cyrus Brown,
“With both my heels a-stickin’ up
And my head a-pointin’ down.
“And I made a prayer right then and there,
The best prayer I ever said,
The prayingest prayer I ever prayed,
A-standin’ on my head.”