Summary: We need to look in God's word to get a good look at the person we are and the person we need to be.
Tina-”Our Father which art in heaven...”
Tina-Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying.
Jimmy-But you called me.
Tina-Called you? I didn’t call you! Where was I? Oh, yea...”Our Father which art in heaven.,.”
Jimmy-There you did it again!
Jimmy-You called me, you said, “Our Father which art in heaven...” Well, here I am...What’s on your mind?
Tina-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 job done.
Jimmy-All right. Go on.
Tina-”Hallowed be thy name...”
Jimmy-Hold it! What do you mean by that?
Tina-It means...It means...Good grief, I don’t know what it means. How should I know? It’s just part of the prayer. What does it mean?
Jimmy-It means honored, holy, wonderful.
Tina-Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what “hallowed” meant before. Now where was I...Oh, yea, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jimmy-Do you really mean that?
Tina-Sure, why not?
Jimmy-What are you doing about it?
Tina-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.
Jimmy-Have I got control of you?
Tina-Well, I go to church.
Jimmy-That isn’t what I ask you. What about your bad temper? And then there’s the way you spend your money...all on yourself. And what about the kind of books you read?
Tina-Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as some of the rest of those people at the church.
Jimmy-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!
Tina-Oh, all right I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.
Jimmy-So could I.
Tina-I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things.
Jimmy-Good! Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ll work together, you and I, Some victories can truly be won. I’m proud of you!
Tina-Look, Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does. “Give us this day, our daily bread.”
Jimmy-You need to cut out the bread, you’re getting a little overweight as it is.
Tina-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.
Jimmy-Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind up changed, you know! That’s what I’m trying to get across to you. You called me, and here I am. It’s too late to stop now. Keep praying, I’m interested in the next part of your prayer (pause). Well go on.
Tina-I’m scared to.
Jimmy-Scared? Of what?
Tina-I know what you’ll say.
Jimmy-Try me and see.
Tina-Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Jimmy-What about Kim?
Tina-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 debt she Owes me. I’ve sworn to get even with her!
Jimmy-But your prayers! What about your prayer?
Tina-l didn’t mean it!
Jimmy-Well, at least you’re honest. But it’s not much fun carrying that load of bitterness around inside, is it
Tina-No! But I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, I have some plans for that neighbor, she’ll wish she never moved into this neighborhood.
Jimmy-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.
Tina-You can? How?
Jimmy-Forgive Kim. Then I’ll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be Kim’s problem and not yours. You’ll have settled your heart.
Tina-Oh, you’re right You always are. And more than I want to revenge Kim, I want to be right with you, I want to be right with Kim...(pause)....(sigh). All right All right I forgive her. Help her to find the right road in life, Lord.
Jimmy-There now! Wonderful! How do you feel?
Tina-Hmmmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all. In fact, I feel pretty great! You know, I don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first time since I can’t remember. Maybe, I won’t be so tired from now on, because I’m not getting enough rest
Jimmy-You’re not through with your prayer. Go on.
Tina-Oh, all right “And led us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Jimmy-Good! Good! I’ll do that Just begin to watch how often you put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.