Here’s a simple readers’ theatre setting of Luke 11: 1-13, where Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer. It is based on The Voice translation of scripture.
Readers’ Theatre: On Prayer
(Luke 11: 1-13)
One: Once Jesus was in a certain place praying.
When he finished,
one of his disciples approached him and asked,
“Teacher, would you teach us your way of prayer?
John taught his disciples his way of prayer,
and we’re hoping you’ll do the same.”
Two: Here’s how to pray:
“Father in heaven,
may your name be revered.
May your kingdom come.
May your will be accomplished on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us the food we need for tomorrow,
and forgive us for our wrongs,
as we forgive those who wrong us.
And lead us away from temptation,
and save us from the evil one.”
One: When he had finished,
he added this illustration to teach them more about prayer.
Two: Imagine that one of your friends comes over at midnight.
He bangs on the door and shouts,
“Friend, will you lend me three loaves of bread?
A friend of mine just showed up unexpectedly from a journey,
and I don’t have anything to feed him.”
Tell me, would you should out from your bed,
“I’m already in bed, and so are the kids.
I already locked the door.
I can’t be bothered”?
No, you know as well as I do:
even if you didn’t care that this fellow was your friend,
if he keeps knocking long enough,
you’ll get up and give him whatever he needs
simply because of his brash persistence!
Keep on asking, and you will receive.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened for you.
All who keep asking will receive,
all who keep seeking will find,
and doors will open to those who keep knocking.
Some of you are fathers, so ask yourselves this:
if your son comes up to you and asks for a fish for dinner,
will you give him a snake instead?
If your boy wants an egg to eat,
will you give him a scorpion?
Look, all of you are flawed in so many ways,
yet in spite of your faults,
you know how to give good gifts to your children.
How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to all who ask!