Tag Archives: Prayer

10 Ways to Build Your Faith

Here are 10 things you can do to increase your faith:

  1. Start by wanting to have faith – desire
  2. Pray and ask your Father in Heaven to grant you faith
  3. Read stories in the scriptures of people who had faith
  4. Find stories outside the scriptures of people who had faith
  5. Talk to someone you know who has great faith
  6. Recognize the hand of God in other people’s lives
  7. Look back at your life and see where God had a hand in what happened
  8. Increase the power of prayer by also fasting to increase your faith
  9. Exercise your faith by trusting God and acknowledging Him
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10

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.  🙂


I Missed My Friend! :(

We had a wonderful women’s conference on Saturday at Church.

I invited a friend of mine to go, letting her know what a wonderful conference it would be.  These conferences always make you feel so good, they give you hope for the future, gladness in the present, and are inspiring and uplifting!

She accepted and even thanked me for inviting her.  I gave her my phone number and told her to call me when she got there and I would come meet her.

I thought of her often on Saturday, praying for her, and looking around a little now and then while enjoying the wonderful lunch and the great classes.  I never did see her or get a phone call (I’d put it on vibrate and had it in my pocket.

But I picked up one of the pink bookmarks and handmade little hearts they’d made for us to take with us.  The heart is to keep in your purse or pocket and when you touch it, it reminds you that you are loved.  What a cute idea!

Later I went to see my friend and give her the little gifts.  To my surprise, when she saw me she said she had come there and even called me.  But it went to voice mail, so she just dropped off the canned goods she had bought (I totally forgot about that part of it until I arrived there).  😦

I can not believe I totally missed her!  I feel heart-broken.  I checked my phone and don’t see her number on there.

I feel just awful – and I’m vowing NEVER to put my phone on vibrate again!  Not that I use it much anyway, but to totally miss my friend.

I am devastated.  What can I do to keep that from happening again?  Perhaps I need to be paying a little more attention to what is going on around me.  I often go about in my own little world and don’t notice when someone is trying to reach out to me.  I’m too pre- or self-occupied and probably need to see outside my own little world more.

That is something I could try to work on and improve.  And I will keep her in my prayers for having overlooked her.

A Prayer For Our Country

Today is President’s Day.  When I was young, we actually had 2 holidays in February, Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday.  And in school we learned about both these great men and what they did for our country.

Naturally, both were human and not perfect.  But both did incredible things and led the country through incredibly rough times, particularly because we were waging war on our very own soil.  We learned a lot about faith, courage, strength, fortitude, leadership, as well as humility, kindness, compassion, truth, honesty, and unity.  These were men you could emulate!

Today many things have changed, and it seems the country has turned its back on many of these lessons, virtues,  qualities, and values that garnered so much pride, and success for our country.

I pray that we will be unified not divisive, faithful not taunting, humble not prideful, helpful not hurtful, remembering our past as we build a grand and glorious future.  🙂

Prayer Made My Day A Success!

This morning I set the alarm early because I knew what was ahead.

And I didn’t know how I would handle it.

A 2-day retreat at work, Beloved Hubby coming home Wednesday, and several people I had to get processed, with more adding on every day.  I was so worried my insides were all knotted up and I was almost shaking.

What to do?  What do I do first?

You got it (you’re getting to know me pretty well, huh?)

That’s right.  Prayer.

So, I knelt beside my bed and poured out my thoughts, feelings, worries, and to-do list to Father in Heaven.  I didn’t know how I was going to get through these next few days.  I haven’t worried this much in a long time.

As I was getting ready for the day, a call came.  I had to run an errand before going to work.  I looked at my watch.  Well, there was time, sort of.  Good thing I got up early.

So I quickly finished getting ready and left to take care of the errand.  Once I completed it I suddenly realized I’d forgotten something very important at home.

You guessed it, a quick stop at home on the way to work.  I’m trying no to think about the additional time all this is taking.  I focus on my driving.

Finally I arrive.  I stop briefly to share with a co-worker how concerned I am.  Then it’s off to my desk to round up my materials, check the schedule, and see about getting something done.

Nothing major in my emails or voice messages that has to be done right away.  Good.  I turn to processing my folks.  There are about a dozen of them!  I don’t know how many I’ll be able to squeeze in today, the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.

Well, I’ll do what I can.  Better start calling them.

I do a little of the preliminary work, then dial the first number.  He answers!  Good.  Hurray and get him scheduled and try to not take too much of his time.  He’s very understanding and it works out well.

But, there’s a glitch with the computer and I can’t finish the process right this moment.  OK, make a note and set him aside to finish after the next one.  The next one also answers right away!  Same process, same glitch, set her aside.

I take time to visit the retreat for an important topic that should help me with my work.  Thus goes my day, calling people between sections of the retreat.  Wait!

I just reached the last one who has to be done today!  How did that happen?  And there is time left to finish most of the preliminary work!  And to get past the glitch in the computer (operator error, of course!).

Now we are going to dinner together and I have completed all of the 8 or 9 who had to be handled today!  And I feel great!

Dinner is good, I’m meeting new people, we have a great team.  And Beloved Hubby is doing well.

This day sure turned out differently than I thought it would.  I expected, though I hoped it wouldn’t, my stomach to be tied in knots this whole week!

But by taking a few moments to talk with God, He helped me through this day in unexpected ways and with marvelous results!  He truly guided my path and showed His great love for me.

All because I asked.

Prayer Made My Day A Success!  🙂

Dealing With Stress In Whatever Form

Yesterday I mentioned being reminded that fasting and prayer are excellent sources of strength when you are feeling stressed out.  This brings additional help and guidance from Heavenly Father, additional spiritual power and blessings!

There was also a powerful scripture that was used in Primary on Sunday.

Alma 7:11-12, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
When you think about it, this covers a lot of areas!  Jesus suffered all things, so He knows what we are going through.  He suffered not only for the sins of all mankind (and womankind 🙂 ) but also for all our pain and sorrows.  He does know how we feel.  And He knows how to comfort and help us.
For Him to do that all we have to do is turn to Him.  Ask Heavenly Father for help.  Explain what is going on, how we feel, and ask for His help.  He will send His Spirit to comfort us and to enlighten us to see the path we should follow.  He sorrows when we are sorrowful.  He longs to bless and lift us.  He has given us so many blessings.  Thinking of them, counting our blessings, will also ease our burden and help us through life.
If we have done something wrong (sinned) we repent.  Confess them and forsake them.  Try to do better.  Treat others as we should.  Believe in God and Jesus Christ.  Do what is right.
Pray for guidance to handle whatever is stressing us at the moment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 
And, as the scriptures say, “It came to pass”, not “it came to stay”.  This too shall pass.  We can be happy again!  🙂

Yes, Mormons Celebrate Thanksgiving

A dear friend, who know that I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (otherwise know as the Mormons), asked me the other day if I celebrate Thanksgiving.

A great question!

Of course, most people throughout the world and throughout history have celebrated the harvest and given thanks to whatever God they believed in.

In the United States George Washington called for a day of thanksgiving after the battle of Trenton, a battle which saved the Revolution.  And when he became President, he called for an annual day of thanksgiving.

I’m glad we have Thanksgiving.  It’s good for us to take a moment once in a while and contemplate what we have to be thankful for.  It’s good for us, puts us in a different frame of mind.  It brings peace to our heart and our very soul.  It softens us and helps us remember what is truly important.

Taking time to thank God, our Heavenly Father, for those things brings humility.  Not humiliation, and not subservience.  But humility.

Humility is knowing we are God’s children and turning to Him in faith and in prayer.  It is trusting Him, believing (or trying to be believing) that He is there, that He loves us, and that He can, and will, help and guide us and our friends and loved ones.  Humility is turning to God and being teachable enough that we act on the inspiration that He sends to us.

If you ever wonder if a thought that comes to you is from God or not, there is a sure way to tell.  “For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.” Moroni 7:16-17.

There are many, many benefits to being thankful.  In fact, it is so important that members of the Church are taught from our early childhood on up to pray daily and always to thank Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given us.

Not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving, we essentially do it on a daily basis.  🙂