This semester I took a class entitled, "Teachings of the Living Prophets". Guys...did you know that we have a living prophet here, on the earth today? A man who is called of God, just like Moses? It's true! I testify of that. I have had many personal, sacred experiences that have helped me to know that the Lord reveals His will to a living prophet today.
I also know that we have Apostles on the earth today who have the sacred obligation of testifying of the Savior Jesus Christ. Just like Paul and Peter during the time that the Savior was on the earth, we have ordinary men who have been called of God to do great and marvelous things.
QUOTES ON PRAYER:
I have long been impressed with the truth that meaningful prayer requires both holy communications and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as 'a form of work, …is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings' (Bible Dictionary, "Prayer," 753). We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say 'amen,' by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father."
The patterns used by God in creating the earth are instructive in helping us understand how to make prayer meaningful [see Moses 3:4-5]. We learn from these verses that the spiritual creation preceded the temporal creation. In a similar way, meaningful morning prayer is an important element in the spiritual creation of each day. Just as the temporal creation was linked to and a continuation of the spiritual creation, so meaningful morning and evening prayers are linked to and are a continuation of each other."
Morning and evening prayers--and all of the prayers in between--are not unrelated, discrete events; rather, they are linked together each day and across days, weeks, months, and even years. This is in part how we fulfill the scriptural admonition to 'pray always'. Such meaningful prayers are instrumental in obtaining the highest blessings God holds in store for His faithful children."
M Russell Ballard BYU Women's Conference May 2015, "Women of Dedication, Faith, Determination, and Action"
Aside from participating in the ordinances of the gospel, there is no other time in our lives when we can renew our spiritual life and improve our understanding of our place before Heavenly Father the way we can when we pray. As we humble ourselves to approach our God and thoughtfully consider His grace and great love for us, we will become a more holy and reverent people, more able to receive the blessings He will willingly pour out on us. Truly, the prayer of faith is the secret of the strength of the Church" (para 24).
There are few gifts in this world of more value to us than the gift of prayer. Prayer is an opportunity for us, mere mortals, to pray unto a God, our Heavenly Father. We can ask Him for anything that we stand in need of. We can commune with Him and express our gratitude to Him for all the gifts and blessings in our lives. We can pray to Him about anything and everything. There is no problem or detail in our life that is too small or insignificant for Him to care about. If we care about it, He cares about it.
As we turn to our Father in Heaven in prayer with gratitude in our hearts, real intent, and a desire to align our will with His, our prayers become more meaningful. We draw closer to Him and to our Savior and through the power of the Holy Ghost, we can know the things that our Father in Heaven would have us do. Our broken hearts and minds can be mended. Decisions can be made. Plans can be formulated. All of the turbulent storms within us can be calmed over time as we make prayer a meaningful and purposeful part of our lives.
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