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OPTIMUM  4'?m2f Prayer, God is outside of time and space

(sound cue: clock alarm)

LIZ -- (enters wearing pajamas, robe and slippers, carrying
walkman and headphones, looks at watch, paces briefly, looks at
watch, puts on headphones, adjusts sound, paces, looks at watch
frequently)

AMY -- (enters wearing pajamas, robe and slippers, tying robe,
approaches Liz from behind)

LIZ -- (turns, screams, retreats, holds chest, breathes deeply)

AMY -- What are you doing?

LIZ -- Huh?

AMY -- What are you doing?

LIZ -- Huh?

AMY -- (points to own ear)

LIZ -- (touches own ear, notices she's wearing headphones) Oh.
(removes headphones) No wonder I couldn't hear you coming.

AMY -- What are you doing?

LIZ -- Did my alarm clock wake you up?

AMY -- Yes. What are you doing?

LIZ -- I'm... I'm waiting for things to die down.

AMY -- What could possibly NOT be died down at three o'clock in
the morning?

LIZ -- We're not the only continent on earth, you know. There
are things going on all over the world. For instance, I just
heard a news flash about an explosion in India. (points to
headphones) So, I think I'll wait awhile.

AMY -- You'll wait a while?

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- Why? Do you think you'll sleep better if there are no
news flashes?

LIZ -- Don't be silly. I didn't set my alarm so I could sleep
better.

AMY -- Then, why DID you set your alarm?

LIZ -- Well, I thought it would be obvious by now. I'm waiting
for the OPTIMUM time to pray.

AMY -- You're waiting for the OPTIMUM time to pray.

LIZ -- Yes. That means there's a good time to pray and a bad
time to pray. OPTIMUM is the BEST time to pray.

AMY -- I know what OPTIMUM means. What makes you think there's
an OPTIMUM time to pray?

LIZ -- Well, it's only obvious! I need to pray when God is not
busy.

AMY -- Oh, brother! (turns)

LIZ -- What's the matter?! You think there's a better time to
pray than three o'clock in the morning?

AMY -- (turns) As a matter of fact, there is.

LIZ -- When? I'll set my alarm. (twiddles with watch stem) Okay.
When is the best time to pray? (stands at attention)

AMY -- When you need something. Now go to bed! (turns)

LIZ -- (follows) Wait a minute!

AMY -- (turns) What.

LIZ -- What if I need something during prime time?

AMY -- That's my point. With God there is no prime time.

LIZ -- That's impossible! There's billions of people on earth.

AMY -- You're a regular encyclopedia.

LIZ -- Well, if all those people pray during the day, won't I
get better results if I pray late at night?

AMY -- No. Good night. (turns)

LIZ -- Wait a minute.

AMY -- (turns) I'm very tired and tomorrow is a work day.

LIZ -- I know but this is important. Why won't I get better
results from my prayers if I pray when God is not as busy?
(snaps fingers) Oh, I know! You think I'll wake him up. I'd be a
little cranky if somebody called me in the middle of the n...

AMY -- Oh, brother!

LIZ -- What's the matter?

AMY -- You talk about God as if he's human.

LIZ -- He's not?!

AMY -- He's a person. But he's not human.

LIZ -- There's a difference?

AMY -- The Bible says God is SPIRIT. Do you know what that
means?

LIZ -- I guess not.

AMY -- It means he's OUTSIDE of time and space. He INVENTED time
when he invented the universe.

LIZ -- What does that mean?

AMY -- That means if God operates outside of time, there's no
such thing as PRIME TIME for him.

LIZ -- You don't really think he can hear everybody's prayers at
one time, do you?

AMY -- Did you hear what you just said?

LIZ -- Yes. I said, you don't really think he can hear
everybody's prayers at one time, do you?

AMY -- AT ONE TIME. I just told you, God is not limited by TIME.

LIZ -- Oh.

AMY -- Without the press of time, God receives your prayer
request as if yours is the only one.

LIZ -- Oh. So, I can pray ANYTIME?

AMY -- That's what I've been trying to tell you.

LIZ -- (exiting) Then, what are you doing up at this ridiculous
hour, you silly person?

AMY -- (to self) Oh, I was just contemplating God's law against
MURDER. (exits)

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