Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Power Of Prayer

I have always loved what Jesus Christ taught us in the book of Luke Chapter 11 Verses 9-10.  
Jesus proclaimed: "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

What the Savior teaches us in these few short verses of scripture is very powerful. We must do as Jesus Christ directs. We must ask, seek, and knock. As we sincerely and humbly seek out Heavenly Father we are promised guidance and direction in our life.  

Mathew 21:22 says: "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." In my own life I have been able to experience this promise many times. However, the answer to our prayers doesn't always come in the way that we would expect. Sometimes the answer comes as we are relieved of our concerns and worries and are filled with peace.

I love that the Savior uses action words like ask, seek, and knock. When we pray we must act and show our faith that we believe our prayers can and will be answered by doing all that is in our power to accomplish the things we pray for. When we do all that is in our power that is when the Lord steps in to help.

Elder Richard G. Scott said:

"He [the Lord] will always hear your prayers and will invariably answer them. However, His answers will seldom come while you are on your knees praying, even when you may plead for an immediate response. Rather, He will prompt you in quiet moments when the Spirit can most effectively touch your mind and heart. Hence, you should find periods of quiet time to recognize when you are being instructed and strengthened."

I know that prayer is a powerful tool that we have to communicate with our Father in Heaven. When we take the time to listen and talk to the Lord he will bless us and strengthen us. We will find that we can overcome any obstacle with His help and that we can find peace in our lives as we turn to him.

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