WILLING  4'2m0f Jesus prayed, Peter and John slept

JOHN -- (enters sluggishly, lays over podium, falls asleep)

PETER - (enters backward, speaking back to exit) Alright, Jesus, 
I promise. This time John and I will stay awake for sure. You 
just pray, Jesus. We'll stand watch. (turns, approaches) John? 
John. John, wake up.

JOHN -- (sigh) Please, Peter, leave me alone.

PETER - John, Jesus said for us to stay awake and pray that we 
might not fall into temptation.

JOHN -- That's nice, Peter. (sigh)

PETER - John, don't go to sleep. The Lord said to pray and 
that's just what we're going to do. John, wake up!

JOHN -- Huh?

PETER - John, wake up. We're going to pray.

JOHN -- I'm too tired to remember any prayers, Peter.

PETER - Let's say the sample prayer that Jesus gave us. "Our 
father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name." Are you with 
me John?

JOHN -- Now I lay me down to sleep. 

PETER - John, don't go to sleep. John? Okay, let's trying 
singing. Yeah, that will get the blood circulating.  (sings, 
sways) "Kume by ya, my Lord, Kume by ya. Kume by ya, my Lord, 
Kume by ya." (shouts) Sing it out John!

JOHN -- (sings sluggishly) Oh, Lord, Kume by ya.

PETER - That's more like it! Sing with me, (holds up index 
finger, sings) "This little of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. 
This little of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little of 
mine, I'm gonna let it shine." Come on, Johnnie, boy.

JOHN -- (sings sluggishly) Let it shine, let it shine, let it 

PETER - That away, Johnnie, boy, let's see the flame on the end 
of your finger. (holds up John's hand, sings) "This little of 
mine, I'm gonna let it shine. This little of mine, I'm gonna let 
it shine. This little of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." (shouts) 
Sing with me, John!

JOHN -- (sings) Rockaby baby on the tree top. (mumbles 

PETER - Don't fall asleep on me, John. Remember, Judas is 
probably out there somewhere with the temple guards just waiting 
for us to fall asleep so he can have Jesus arrested. We can't 
let him do that, can we, John? John. John, wake up.

JOHN -- Peter, I just had the most wonderful dream. I dreamed I 
was sleeping.

PETER - We've got to stay awake, John. I tell you what... did 
you hear the story about the rabbi, the priest and the baptist 
minister out in a row boat.

JOHN -- Yes, good night.

PETER - Okay, okay, I can see that you are a sophisticated 
audience. Okay, I've got a better one. Suppose a Pharisee and a 
tax collector jumped off a high building at exactly the same 
time. Who would hit the ground first?

JOHN -- Who cares?

PETER - You heard it before.

JOHN -- Was I right?

PETER - It was a lucky guess. But at least you're awake. So, the 
audience participation thing is working.

JOHN -- Not for long.

PETER - Okay, okay. (announcing) And now, the grand prize 
question: what is the circumference of the earth at the equator?

JOHN -- The earth is flat.

PETER - Oh yeah. Oh! Oh! I've got one! What is the meaning of 

JOHN -- God knows.

PETER - Boy, are you good!

JOHN -- Can I go to sleep now?

PETER - Let's recite our Bible verses. Here's one just for you. 
From the Proverbs of Solomon: How long will you lie there, you 
sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 

JOHN -- Here's my favorite. "on the seventh day, he rested".

PETER - This is not the seventh day. 

JOHN -- Don't get technical on me. 

PETER - John, what are we going to do to stay awake?

JOHN -- I have an great idea, Peter. Let's have a contest. 

PETER - Hey, I'm good at contests, I'm very competitive. Okay, 
what's the contest?

JOHN -- Let's see who can keep his eyes closed the longest.

PETER - Good. Okay, ready... one... two... three... (closes 
eyes, pauses) Hey, this is easy. How are YOU doing, John. John? 

JOHN -- (snores)

PETER - You're just doing that so I'll open my eyes, aren't you, 
John? Well, I'm not going to fall for that one.. I can keep 
my... (yawns) I can keep my eyes... closed... (yawns) longer.... 
(drapes his body over John and podium, snores)

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