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Is Prayer Only For the Righteous?


Recently  someone said that he didn’t think he could pray because he is a sinner.  Which brings up some good questions:

  • What is prayer?
  • Who can pray?
  • How do we pray?
  • Why would we pray?
  • When should we pray?
  • Where can we pray?

Let’s take a quick look at each of these questions.

What is prayer?  Prayer is communication with God.  Who is God?  He is our Father in Heaven and He loves us very much.  Just like our mortal fathers, God likes to hear from us!

Who can pray?  Since prayer is communication with God and we are all God’s spiritual children, everyone of us can pray!

How do we pray?  Since God is our Father and He likes to hear from us, we can communicate with Him just like we do with each other.  There are just a couple differences.  We first address Him by saying something like, “Heavenly Father”.  Then we can pour our hearts out to Him, thanking Him for our blessings and asking for things we need.   We can pray short, quick prayers, or long, thoughtful prayers.  Then we close the prayer, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Why would we pray?  We can talk over our problems, share our joys and triumphs, even pray for others who might need His help.  And, just like when we talk to a good friend, we can pause now and then to listen for His words in our minds and in our hearts.

When should we pray?  Alma counseled his son Helaman: “Cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 37:36-37; see also Alma 34:17-26).

Where can we pray?  We can pray anywhere and everywhere!  God will always hear us, and has asked us to always remember Him.  So anywhere, anytime is a great time to pray and talk with our Father in Heaven.  As it says in Alma 34: 20-27:

“Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.

“Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.

“Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.

“Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.

“Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.

“Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.

“But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

“Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.”

Here is a link to more information about prayer and why you should take advantage of the precious blessing of speaking with your Father in Heaven as often as you can.  🙂

https://www.lds.org/topics/prayer?lang=eng

What Makes It True?


This morning I read something interesting that reminded me of our world today:

“And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words…” Alma 1:5.

Doesn’t that sound exactly like what happens today?  It also reminded me of a quote I heard long ago and have found to be very true:

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” – Alexander Pope.

Things that were abhorrent to even think of in our youth have been taught, displayed, and indoctrinated so much by society that many people have mistaken them for truth and either go along with, or even embrace them.

They wear many disguises, and are flaunted by politicians and media alike.  People start wondering if there might not be a spark of truth to them and find themselves being led down dangerous pathways that can only lead to unhappiness, emptiness, dissatisfaction, and social destruction.

Does that mean that we are at the mercy of flawed, misled, or corrupt individuals, and ideas?

No.  You have the power to find out for yourself what is true and what is not true.

Every individual has a special spark inside, known by many names: your gut, conscience, intuition, etc.  What is it?

“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil” Moroni 7:16.

As you think about that, notice how it feels inside you.  Things that are true will feel right, comfortable, peaceful.

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” Doctrine and Covenants 8:2.

Your loving Father in Heaven, who created you and this world for you to live on, thought to give you that special spark, the Spirit or Light of Christ, to help guide you throughout life.  He knew there would be many false beliefs, ideas, teachings, and people trying to lead you astray.  This is the one, sure way to know the truth of all things, the truth of anything.

You can develop this great gift from God.  The more you use it the more sensitive you will become to it and soon you will find that you are developing your relationship with your Heavenly Father and turning to Him automatically when something is unsure, when you need help, and when you long for peace.

I have known Him my whole life, and been greatly blessed by seeking the truth and trying to live it.  When I am uncertain, I know that I can turn to my Father in Heaven and ask for His help and guidance.  I know that He has often been there to comfort me and to remind me the right way to live to be happy, bless others, and return to Him.

May you have joy in the journey of seeking, and finding, what is true!  🙂