Do We Pray Properly?

Brother Glenn Roberts

As members of the church some of us are lucky to be called serve missions. Whether they be young men, young women or senior missionaries when set apart, Heavenly Father blesses them with several gifts which will enable them to bring their message to those that seek it. Firstly, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and, secondly, the constant gift of the Holy Ghost to bear witness that the message they impart is true.

Missionaries teach that there is an important step to finding truth in the Gospel. This step is found in the Book Of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having
faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

Moroni 10:3-5

Very simply ask your questions and you will be blessed with and answer according to your faith.

Since receiving a testimony, do we pray as we did that day? Or do we pray day in and day out just as a matter of routine?

Ask Of God: Joseph Smith’s First Vision

In 1820 a young boy, 14 years of age, was asking questions himself. Joseph Smith had a question – which church was true? In his studies to find that answer he came across a scripture. That scripture was in the New Testament.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James 1:5

A simple instruction from a loving Heavenly Father; to simply ask when you don’t have the answers. This young man and his prayer brought forth a great reward for all mankind.

Elder Joe J. Christensen, of the First Presidency of the Seventy, gave a talk in 1997 entitled “Ten Ideas to Increase Your Spirituality”. The second item in his talk was, ‘Do I really pray and not just say prayers?’

Ponder that question for a while and ask yourself if you do?

The question is simple, do we really communicate with our Heavenly Father?

As a young missionary an example I used was that prayer was very much like ringing up your mom and asking her how you bake a cake. After you asked the questions, you immediately get up and walk away – not receiving your answer.

Do we listen for the answer to questions we ask of Him?

Elder Christensen in his talk gave two scriptures as examples:

17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 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.

Alma 34:17-27

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:7

Pray as you should, ask our Heavenly Father. Tell him your problems. Tell him everything that has gone well, give thanks and seek counsel. Pray properly.

I bear witness to you now that prayer works. That our Heavenly Father does listen and hear our prayers. We may not get a huge vision, we may not get a fanfare with the answers. The Lord will answer in ways we are susceptible too and spiritually able to receive. In my life there have been times where prayer has been my only course of help and I have seen my prayers answered. Jesus is the Christ, his church IS here now on earth and our Heavenly Father awaits for His children to talk to him. Amen.

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