Top 7 Prayers of Desperation

1. Deadwood – Doc Cochran
Thanks to his special position in the city of Deadwood, Doc Cochran witnesses the slow death of the only decent man in town. At this point in the show, we know very little about Doc’s past, only that he served as a doctor in the Civil War and that he lost his license for experimenting on unearthed cadavers. As the minister is experiencing his final seizures, Doc demands answers from God.

“If was a more adaptable primate or one of your regular petitioners, I suspect I wouldn’t feel this pain. I guess I—I’d have a wad of cartilage covering the patella, protecting me from this—this discomfort. Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, Just Please, God. Take that Minister. What conceivable Godly use is his protracted suffering to you? What conceivable Godly use? What conceivable Godly use was the screaming of all those men? Did you, did you need to hear their death agonies to know your—your omnipotence? Mama! Mother find my arm! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy they—they shot my leg off it hurts so bad. It hurts so bad. Admitting my understanding’s imperfection, trusting that you have a purpose, praying that you consider it served, I beg you to relent. Thy Will Be Done, Amen.”

2. Six Feet Under – David Fisher
“Please God, help me. Take this pain away, please. Fill this loneliness with your love. Help me God. Please help me.”

3. Forrest Gump – Jenny Curran
“Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here.”

4. Magnolia – Jim Kurring
“Oh, Lord, why is this happening to me? God, please help me figure this out. I’m lost out here! I don’t understand why it’s happening. God, please, God! Whatever it is I did, I’m going to fix it. I’m going to do the right thing. Please, help me find the gun!”

5. It’s a Wonderful Life – George Bailey
“Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me… show me the way… show me the way.”

6. The Sopranos – Carmela Soprano
“Gentle and merciful Lord Jesus, I want to speak to you now with an open heart, with an honest heart. Tonight I ask you to take my sins and the sins of my family into your merciful heart. We have chosen this life in full awareness of the consequences of our sins. I know that Christopher’s life is in your hands… and his fate is your will. I ask you humbly to spare him. And if it is your will to spare him, I ask that you deliver him from blindness and grant him vision. And through this vision may he see your love… and gain the strength to carry on in service to your mercy. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

7. Amadeus – Antonio Salieri
“Lord, make me a great composer! Let me celebrate your glory through music – and be celebrated myself! Make me famous through the world, dear God! Make me immortal! After I die let people speak my name forever with love for what I wrote! In return I vow I will give you my chastity – my industry, my deepest humility, every hour of my life. And I will help my fellow man all I can. Amen and amen!”


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