The Prayer Shawl

  • Cast Number: 2
  • Run-time: 5 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Matthew 6:10

Focusing on prayer ritual rather than on prayer itself.
A short comedy skit with a very strong and true message.
 

Bible Reference:         Matthew 6:10

 

Cast:              2
Actor (male or female, any age)
Offstage Voice of God (VOG)

 

Set:                blank

 

Lighting, Sound, Costumes:   standard

 

Props:            prayer shawl, just a piece of cloth is all that is required

 

Time:             5

 

Sample of script:           

 

actor comes on stage, and with much ceremony puts on prayer shawl, kneels down to pray

 

Actor:              Dear heavenly father, Lord of all the nations, defender of the faithful remnant, Ancient of days, Yahweh, I Am, . . .

 

VOG, interrupts:         
I am here.

 

actor, startled, looks around, frowns

 

Actor:              Who . . . what  was that?
(shakes head, closes eyes, adjusts prayer shawl)
Where was I . . .
I might as well start at the beginning . . .
Dear heavenly father, Lord of all the nations, defender of the faithful remnant, Ancient of days, Yahweh . . .

 

VOG, interrupts again:           
I got it, you want to talk with me, I want that too . .

 

actor stands, rushes from one side of stage to the other, angry

 

Actor:              That kid next door is driving me crazy!
(speaks loud to offstage location)
“Johnny, now you cut that out!
One more time and I shall call your mother!”
(looks at watch)
Look at the time will ya, I have important stuff to do, but oh well . .
(kneels again, throws prayer shawl over one shoulder)
OK. here we go, this won’t take long . . .
(speaks very fast)
Dear heavenly father, Lord of all the nations, defender of the faithful remnant, Ancient of days, Yahweh . . .

 

VOG:               I think surely we are done with introductions, can we just chat?

 

Actor, worried:            Who are you?

 

VOG:               God.
Or . . as you like to put it . . .
“Dear heavenly father, Lord of all the nations, defender of the faithful remnant, Ancient of days, Yahweh . . .”

 

Actor, tentative:          
You mean like . . . (points upward) . . .

 

VOG:               Not up there, right beside you, always . .

 

actor, takes a few steps to the side, very nervous

 

Actor:              You mean like . . . the . . . God?

 

VOG:               You know another God?

 

Actor, flustered:          
Yes,  . .  I mean . . . No . .  I mean . .

 

VOG:               It’s good talking with you child . .  Seems I don’t hear from you hardly ever . .

 

Actor:              Well that’s all gonna change now that I got me a prayer shawl.

 

VOG:               A prayer shawl?

 

Actor, holds up prayer shawl
A prayer shawl . . . Isn’t it a knockout?

 

VOG:               And the . .  reason . .  for  . . this . . . ah . .  prayer shawl would be . .?

 

Actor:              It is a . .  prayer . . .  shawl!

 

VOG:               I get it . . but why did you get it . . .and why are you wearing it?

 

Actor:              To talk to God . . that is . . to talk to . . er . . .  you . .  God. . .  I mean, that’s how prayer is done.

 

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