Summary: So what can the Lord’s Prayer and Jesus’ word: "I am the Good Shepherd" have in common.
Sketch on the Lord’s prayer
(Prayer is the person who prays!!)
Prayer: Our Father which art in heaven,
Prayer: Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying
God: But you called me
Prayer: Called you? I didn’t call you. I’m praying. Our Father which art in heaven,
God: There you did it again
Prayer: Did what?"
God: Called me. You said, "Our Father which art in heaven." Here I am. What’s on your mind?
Prayer: But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like getting a duty done."
God: All right. Go on.
Prayer: Hallowed be Thy name.
God: Hold it. What do you mean by that?
Prayer: "By what?"
God: By "Hallowed be Thy name?"
Prayer: It means. It means.... Good grief, I don’t know what it means. How should I know? It’s just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?"
God: It means honoured, holy, wonderful.
Prayer: Hey that makes sense. I never thought about what hallowed’ meant before. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
God: Do you really mean that?
Prayer: Sure, why not?
God: What are you doing about it?
Prayer: Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there."
God: Have I got control of you?
Prayer: Well, I go to church.
God: That isn’t what I asked you. What about your temper? You’ve really got a problem there, you know. And then there’s the way you spend your money - all on yourself. And what about the kinds of books you read and what you watch on TV?
Prayer: Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as the rest of those people at church."
God: Excuse me. I thought you were praying for my will to be done. If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you, for example.
Prayer: Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others."
God: So could I.
Prayer: I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I’d really like to cut out some of those things. I would like to, you know, be really free."
God: Good. Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ll work together, you and I. Some victories can be truly won. I’m proud of you.
Prayer: Look, Lord, I need to finish this up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does ... Give us this day our daily bread."
God: You could cut out the bread. It would help you lose weight.
Prayer: "Hey, wait a minute! What is this, ’Criticize, ME day?’ Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups. Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind up changed, you know.
God: That’s what I’m trying to get across to you. Keep praying. I’m interested in the next part of your prayer.(Pause) Well, go on.
Prayer: I’m scared to."
God: Scared? Of what?
Prayer: I know what you’ll say.
God: Try me and see.
Prayer: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
God: What about Susie?
Prayer: "See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why Lord she’s told lies about me, spread stories about my family. She never paid back the money she owes me. I’ve sworn to get even with her!"
God: But your prayer? What about your prayer?
Prayer: "I didn’t mean it."
God: Well, at least you’re honest. But it’s not much fun carrying that load of bitterness inside of you, is it?
Prayer: No. But, I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I got some plans for that neighbour. She’ll wish she had never moved into this neighbourhood."
God: You won’t feel any better. You’ll feel worse. Revenge isn’t sweet. Think of how unhappy you already are. But, I can change all that.
Prayer: You can? How?
God: Forgive Susie. Then I’ll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be Susie’s problem and not yours. You will have settled your heart.
Prayer: Oh, you’re right. You always are. And, more than I want to get revenge against Susie, I want to be right with you. But ... (Pause) ... (Sigh) ... All right. I forgive her. Help her to find the right road in life, Lord. She’s bound to be awfully miserable now that I think about it. Anybody who goes around doing the things she does to others has to be out of it. Someway, somehow, show her the right way.