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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Power of Prayer

Hello All!

It seems that I need to rethink my plan to blog each week and settle for something more achievable like once every two weeks. I will work on doing better I promise!

To start off, I wanted to discuss something today that is very special and sacred, and yet is used all the time, all over the world, by thousands across nations. That is prayer.

Let's start at the basics: What is prayer? Since I am a missionary, I am using the only resources available to me, so if you disagree, take it up with my sources. ;)

Prayer is a two-way communication between you and your Father in Heaven. (True to the Faith)

Prayer has been around since the beginning of time. We call upon our God in prayer for many things. I love what the Bible Dictionary says about prayer.

"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other." -Bible Dictionary

So lets take that and dissect it a bit.

First off it talks about our true relationship with God. That can make one of the biggest differences in the world. I think about people that I know and that I talk to quite frequently. I know these people. I have spent some time with them, and I know more about their personality. I have felt a connection with them and I enjoy talking with them and getting to know them better.

Do we know our Father in Heaven? When we speak with Him, it is familiar to us? One of the ways we can know our true relationship with Father in Heaven is when we read the scriptures. The scriptures are the Father's guide and instruction to come back to Him. They are filled with his love for us and the desire to bless us as we obey his commandments.

When we truly know and even feel how much our Father in Heaven loves us, prayer becomes the kind of communication that we look forward to, like when we talk to a beloved friend.

Okay, the next item I wanted to touch on was the phrase:

"bringing the will of the Father and the will of the child into correspondence with each other."

This phrase literally changed my life. If we really truly simplify the gospel, and we really look at what our Lord had asked of us, then we can see it clearly. God's whole purpose is help us live in a way so that he may bless us.  As we truly turn our hearts to Him in prayer, we will know what He wants for us, so that we can rise to the truly incredible potential we have as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

I know that usually I pull my blogs out of the Book of Mormon, today the message just comes from my heart and it is shorter than usual. Prayer is found all over in the Book of Mormon, and in the Bible. Our Father wants so badly to hear from us, and for us to obedient so that He may bless us. I know that as we truly seek to understand our relationship with our Father in Heaven, we will come to understand what the power of prayer truly is. I say these things, in Jesus's Christ's name, amen.

The Power of Prayer (click here!)

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