Our Father who art in
Don't interrupt me. I'm praying....
But you called Me.
Called you? I didn't call you. I'm praying.
Our Father who art in Heaven....
There, you did it
Called Me. You
said, "Our Father who art in Heaven.."
Here I am. What's on your mind?
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 my duty
All right. Go
Hallowed be thy name.
Hold it. What do
you mean by that?
By "Hallowed be thy
It means....it means....good grief, I don't know what it
means. How should I know? It's just part of the prayer. By
the way, what does it mean?
It means "Honored,
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.
Do you really mean
Sure, why not?
What are you going
to do about it?
Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be neat if
you got control of everything down here like you have up
Have I got control
Well, I go to church.
That isn't what I
asked you. What about that habit of lust you have? And your
bad 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?
Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of the rest
of those phonies at the church.
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.
Oh, all right! I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that
you mention it, I could probably name some others.
So could I.
I haven't thought about it until now, but I really would
like to cut out some of those things. I'd like to, you know,
be really free.
Good, now we're
getting somewhere. We'll work together .... you and I. Some
victories can truly be won. I'm proud of you.
Look Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot
longer than it usually does....
Give us this day our daily
You need to cut
down on the bread too ... You're overweight as it is.
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 hangups.
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 on praying. I'm
interested in the next part of your prayer
.................... Well, go on.
I'm scared to.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Try me and see.
Forgive us our offenses as we
forgive those who offend us.
What about Mark?
See I knew it! I knew you would bring him up! Why, he's
told lies about me, cheated me out of money .... He never
paid back that debt he owes me. I've sworn to get even.
But your prayer
...... What about your prayer?
I didn't mean it.
Well, at least
you're honest. But it's not much fun carrying the load of
bitterness around inside is it?
No, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have
I made some plans for ol' Mark! He'll wish he never did me
You won't feel any
better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. Think of how
unhappy you are already. But I can change all that.
You can? How?
Forgive Mark. Then
I'll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be Mark's
problem and not yours... You may lose the money, but it will
be settled in your heart.
But Lord, I can't forgive Mark.
Then I can't
Oh, you're right! You always are. And more than I want
revenge on Mark, I want to be right with you ...............
All right! I forgive him. Help him to find the right road in
life, Lord. He's bound to be awfully miserable, now that I
think about it. Some day, some way, show him the right way.
There now! How do
Hmmmmmm .... 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.
You're not through
with your prayer ..... Go on.
Oh, all right .....
Do not let us enter into
temptation, but deliver us from error.
Good .... Good,
I'll do that. Just don't put yourself in a place where you
can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
Quit hanging around
the wrong places, watching inappropriate movies and
television, listening to sinful conversations. Change some
of your friendships. Some of your so-called friends are
beginning to get to you. They'll have you completely
involved in wrong things before long. Don't be fooled. They
advertise they're having fun, but for you it would be ruin.
Don't use me for an escape hatch.
I don't understand.
Sure you do, You've
done it ..... lots of times. You get caught in a bad
situation, you get into trouble and then you come running to
me. "Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise you I'll
never do it again." You remember some of those bargains you
tried to make with me?
Yes, and I'm ashamed Lord. I really am. I'm sorry Lord, I
really am. Up until now I thought if I just prayed the
Lord's prayer every day then I could do what I liked. I
didn't expect anything to happen like it did.
Go ahead ....
Finish your prayer.
Oh yes ....
For Thine is the kingdom and the
power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Do you know what
would bring me glory? What would make me really happy?
No, but I'd like to know. I want to please you. I can see
what a mess I've made of my life, and I can see how great it
would be to really be one of your followers.
You just answered
Yes, the one thing
that would bring me glory is to have people like you truly
love me. And I can see that happening between us. Now that
some of these old sins are exposed and out of the way ....
well, there's no telling what we can do together.
Lord, let's see what we can make of me, OK?
Yes, let's see