Lord, Prop Us Up!
Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, "Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side." After hearing him pray that way many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.
He answered, "Well sir, you see, it's like this.... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone through a lot of storms, and it's stood for many years. It's still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leanin' side so it wouldn't fall.
"Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I've been around a long time. I've withstood a lot of life's storms. I've withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I've withstood a lot of hard times, and I'm still standing too.
"But I find myself leanin' to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leanin' side, 'cause I figure a lot of us get to leanin' at times. Sometimes we get to leanin' toward anger, leanin' toward bitterness, leanin' toward hatred, leanin' toward cussing, leanin' toward a lot of things that we shouldn't. So we need to pray, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side," so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord."
If you look closely at the barn on the left, you will see Who will help us stand straight and tall again....