Prayer as a matter of listening as well as petitioning
Romans 8:26; Matthew 7:7-11
Bare stage, neutral costume, white robe
A man prays for direction in his life, but when Jesus is ready with the answer, the man is not ready to receive it
(As first performed by the Paul Sulivan Trilogy on September 5th, 1982, at Aloha Community Baptist Church)
MAN Rick Francis
JESUS Phil Yarnell
(MAN is standing CS, praying. As his prayer goes on, he pace about while he sorts through his mind. JESUS enters wearing a white robe and listens attentively and sympathetically)
MAN: Lord Jesus, please, I pray, hear my prayer, my concerns, my heart.
(JESUS enters, stands behind MAN and listens)
I don't come to you often enough, and although I have dedicated my life to you, please forgive me for the times that I have attempted to move in my own will, and not Yours, to serve my own interest, and not Yours. I am imperfect and because of that I thank You that I have You in my life to turn to, to grant me wisdom beyond my understanding, insight past the temporal, and knowledge even above the angels.
(MAN begins pacing)
I come before You today, now, because I need direction, and I recognize that I need to seek Your will in my life on this matter, and so I ask that You show me Your path, Your footsteps, Your will.
It's about this job offer I have. I don't know what I should do. From all appearances, it's perfect. But I con't see into the future, and I certainly don't anymore wheat is best for my family; I've proved that too many times. So I ask You to tell me what I should do.
(JESUS steps forward to whisper into MAN's ear, but just then MAN paces away)
It would be so easy to leave the job I have now; the pay isn't as good, the boss is a pain in the neck, and I don't see myself going anywhere in my position. This new job has exciting prospects,not as many benefits, perhaps, but the ocmpany is growing and I'll be on the grould floor with stock options, and all the staff seem to be great, and it just seems to be too good to be true. And that's why I'm here, now, praying to You for help.
(JESUS again steps forward to whisper into MAN's ear, but again MAN paces away)
I don't know, maybe I'm suppose to weather out my present situation and something better is ahead for me in my current job. One thing is for certain, once I change jobs I've burned my bridges behind me, and my boss will be very upset. I've been trying to be a witness to him, and this might ruin all that I've been sharing with him about You. So You see, it's kind of complicated, between the physical world and me being the provider for my family, and the spiritual world, and the ministry I've been building at work. But I need to come up with an answer soon, and so I'm asking You for guidance.
(JESUS again leans forward with an answer, but MAN quickly paces away again)
I guess what I'm asking for is doors to open and close, and for You to open and close them for me, and allow me to see them, and that I may follow Your footsteps. In whatever way You may choose to lead me I wish to follow, and I just ask that You bring a word to me, or someone in my life, or some confirmation for my future ahead.
(JESUS quickly steps behind MAN and begins to point in a direction, but MAN walks off with head looking up in prayer)
It is such a comfort knowing that You are working in my life, and that all good things come from You. All I'm asking is that You will give me the direction I need so that I may continue to do Your will in my life and in the life of others.
(JESUS steps forward for a final effort to whisper into MAN's ear, but is suddenly cut short)
(MAN exits, JESUS looks a little surprised and sad, then turns and addresses audience in a quiet tone)
JESUS (whispers): Those who do not listen for the still small voice, will not hear it.