Day 2 - Prayer
· Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?
· Work as if it is all up to you and pray like it is all up to the Lord.
Pray to understand the scriptures, but your prayers must not be limited to that. In the Book of Mormon, Amulek tells us we should pray about everything. He says, “Pour out your souls [to God] in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness” ( ). Your Heavenly Father wants you to pray about your hopes and fears, your friends and family, your school and work, and the needs of those around you. Most of all, you should pray to be filled with the love of Christ. This love is given to those who ask for it with all of their heart (see ). Tasting this love is a major part of your conversion because once you have felt your Savior’s love for you, a love for Him and for your Heavenly Father will grow. You will want to do what they ask. Go often to your closet, your secret place, your wilderness. Ask God to bestow upon you the pure love of Christ. Sometimes fasting will help. (Becoming Converted, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, New Era, June 2011)
Most of us grow up saying very rote prayers patterned after things we learned in our youth. At some point we must break this cycle and get comfortable in talking with our Heavenly Father. In order to gain an assurance and testimony of the principles of the Gospel we must let loose the impressions of formality, while still remaining reverent in our speech to form an intimate bond and increase our knowledge that He IS there and He does answer our prayers. It is a sense of peace and comfort, a special thing by which we can know which things we should do. (Prayer and Conversion – Jennifer, http://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2009-04-043-prayer-and-conversion-jennifer?lang=eng)
God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has – Jeffrey R. Holland
Prayer is the provider of spiritual strength; it is the passport to peace. Prayer is the means by which we approach our Father in Heaven, who loves us. Speak to Him in prayer and then listen for the answer. Miracles are wrought through prayer. – Thomas S. Monson April 2009
Too seldom do we prepare to pray, and too seldom do we quietly reflect after our prayers. These are times for reverent meditation. They allow our minds and our hearts to communicate clearly – and to be communicated to clearly – without words, or at least without spoken words. – Jeffrey R. Holland (For Times of Trouble)