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Learning From a Child

A little girl was about to undergo a dangerous operation. Just before the doctor administered the anesthetic, he said, "Before we can make you well, we must put you to sleep."

The girl responded, "Oh, if you are going to put me to sleep, then I must say my prayers first."
She closed her eyes, and said:" Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake; I pray the Lord my soul to take. And this I ask for Jesus' sake. Amen."
Later on the surgeon admitted that he prayed that prayer that night for the first time in thirty years. --Donald L. Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations as cited on

4 Ways God Answers Prayer

God usually answers prayer in one of four ways: yes, no, wait, and “you do not know what you are asking for!” (Mark 10:38). (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 138)

The Lords Prayer (edited)

Although many people love to recite the Lord’s Prayer, not many love to forgive their debtors. So they edit the Lord’s Prayer, changing the parts they don’t like.

The Lord’s Prayer, RSV  (Revised Several Verses)

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts . . .*

And do not lead us into temptation**

but deliver us from evil***

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


* Deleted from original prayer: “as we also have forgiven our debtors”

** Except when we want to be tempted

*** Only the scary kind of evil

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 99)

Thy Will Be Changed

Sometimes we pray "Thy will be changed" rather than "Thy will be done." (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 126)

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