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The Lord's Prayer from
God's Point of View:

Person: "Our Father which art in heaven..."
God: Yes?

Person: Don't interrupt me. I'm praying.
God: But you called Me?

Person: Called you?
I didn't call you.
I'm praying.
"Our Father which art in heaven..."

God: There, you did it again.
Person: Did what?

God: Called Me.
You said, "Our Father which art in heaven."
Here I Am...what's on your mind?

Person: 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.
Person: Hallowed be thy name..."

God: Hold it.

What do you mean by that?

Person: By what?
God: By "hallowed be thy name"?

Person: 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 honored, holy,
wonderful.

Person: 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?
Person: Sure, why not?

God: What are you doing about it?

Person: 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?
Person: Well, I go to church.,,

God: That isn't what I asked you.
What about 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 kind
of books you read?

Person: Stop picking on me!
I'm just as good as some of the
rest of those people at the 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.

Person: 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.
Person: I haven't thought about
it very much until now,
but I really would 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 truly be won.
I'm proud of you.

Person: 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."

God: You need to cut out the bread.
You're overweight as it is.

Person: 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.

God: 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.

Person: I'm scared to.
God: Scared? Of what?

Person: I know what you'll say.
God: Try me and see.

Person: "Forgive us our sins, as we
forgive
those who sin against us."

God: What about Ann?
Person: 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!

God: But, your prayer?
What about your prayer?

Person: I didn't mean it.

God: Well, at least you're honest.
But it's not much fun carrying that
load of bitterness around inside,
is it?

Person: No. But I'll feel better as soon as
I get even.
Boy, have I got some plans for that
neighbor.
She'll wish she had never moved into
this neighborhood.

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.

Person: You can? How?
God: Forgive Ann.

Then I'll forgive you.

Then the hate and sin will be
Ann's problem and not yours.

You will have settled your heart.

Person: Oh, you're right,
You always are.
And more than I want to
revenge Ann, I want to be right
with you.
Ann, I want to be right with you...
(pause)...(sigh). All right. 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.

God: There now!
Wonderful!
How do you feel?

Person: Hmm. 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 remember.
Maybe I won't be so
tired from
now on because I'm not getting
enough rest.

God: You're not through with
your prayer.

Go on...
Person: Oh,all right.
"And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."

God: Good! Good!
I'll do that.
Just don't put yourself in a place
where you can
be tempted.

Person: What do you mean by that?

God: Don't turn on the TV when you
know the laundry
needs to be done
and the house needs to be picked up.

Also, about the time you spent drinking
 coffee
with your friends, if you
can't influence the conversation to

 positive things, perhaps you should
rethink the value of those

friendships.
Another thing, your neighbors and
friends shouldn't

 be your standard for "keeping up".
And please don't use Me for an
escape hatch.

Person: I don't understand the last part.

God: Sure you do.
you've done it a lot 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?

Person: Yes and I'm ashamed, Lord.
I really am.

God: Which bargain are you remembering?

Person: Well, there was the night that
Bill was gone
and the children and
I were home alone.

The wind was blowing so hard I thought
the roof
would go any minute and
tornado warnings were out.

I remember praying, "Oh God, if you spare us,
I'll never skip my devotions again."

God: I protected you, but you didn't keep
your promise, did you?

Person: I'm sorry, Lord, I really am.
Up until now I thought that if I just
prayed the Lord's Prayer

every day then I could do what
I liked.

I didn't expect any-thing to happen
like it did.

God: Go ahead and finish your prayer.

Person: "For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,and
the glory forever."
Amen.

God: Do you know what would bring
me glory?

What would really make me happy?

Person: No, but I'd like to know.
I want now 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.

God: You just answered the question.

Person: I did?

God: Yes. The thing that would bring me
glory is to have
people like you truly
love me And I see that happening

between us.
Now that some of these old sins are exposed

and out of the way, well, there is
no telling what we
can do together.

Author: Clyde Herring - 1977




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