Prayer: A Candid Conversation With Christ

Prayer: A Candid Conversation With Christ
Proverbs 3:5-6

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Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek His Will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.

I am so excited!  I found a 20-year-old floppy disk — dated October 1997 — (showing my age) in my closet that contains my poetry/writings/other-inspirational-files from nearly 25 years ago (saved using Corel WordPerfect)!  As such, I intend to begin adding a couple new pages to this blog site to display these writings.

However, the first file I am rescuing from the floppy disk files to post here on the blog is one of the few files contained there of which I AM NOT THE AUTHOR.  The inspirational writing I am including below was something I came across years ago (obviously, seeing as how it was housed on the disk — LOL).

Enjoy the read!  🙂

A New Perspective

“Our Father which art in heaven….”

Don’t interrupt me — I’m praying.
**But you called Me.

Called You?  I didn’t call You, I’m praying.
“Our Father which art in heaven….”
**There, you did it again.

Did what?
**Called Me.  You said “Our Father which 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 a duty done.
**All right.  Go on.

“Hallowed be Thy name….”
**Hold it.  What do you mean by that?

By what?
**By “Hallowed be Thy name“?

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, holy, wonderful.

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 that?

Sure, why not?
**What are you doing about it?

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.
**Have I got control of you?

Well, I go to church.
**That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your bad temper?  You’ve got a real 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?

Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as some of the rest of those people 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 much till now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things.  I would 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 bread.”
**You need to cut out the bread.  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 of my hang-ups.
**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.

I’m scared to.
**Scared?  Of what?

I know what You’ll say.
**Try Me and see.

“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us,”
**What about Ann?

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!
**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 that load of bitterness around inside, is it?

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 never moved into this neighborhood.
**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.

You can?  How?
**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.

Oh, You’re right.  You always are.  And more than I want to revenge Ann, I want to be right with You…  (pause)…  (sigh).  All right.  All right. I forgive her.  Help her 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 some of the things she does to others has to be out of it.  Someway, somehow, show her the right way.
**There now!  Wonderful!  How do you feel?

Hmmmmm.  Well, not bad.  Not bad at all.  In fact, I feel pretty great!  You know, I don’t think that I’ll have to go to bed uptight 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.
**You’re not through with your prayer.  Go on.

Oh, all right.  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,”
**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?
**Don’t turn the TV on when you know the laundry has to be done or the house needs picking up.  And please don’t use Me for an escape hatch.

I don’t understand the last part.
**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 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.  Up until now I thought that if I just prayed The Lord’s Prayer everyday, then I could do what I liked.
**Go ahead and finish your prayer.

“For Thine is the kingdom. the power, and the glory forever,” Amen.
**Do you know what would bring Me glory?  What would really make Me happy?  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.

When prayer becomes a candid conversation with Christ, change follows!

Note: Be on the lookout for new pages to be added here (on this WordPress site) for poetry, songs and such… [coming soon!]


-Dan Rivera

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