“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – 3 Nephi 13:7-15
This is a continuation of Christ teaching the Nephites. He taught them many of the same things that he taught to His apostles in Jerusalem. This block deals, specifically, with how to pray.
- Make it original
- Address Heavenly Father formally and reverently
- In prayer, we submit our wills to the Father
- In the bible dictionary, we are taught: “Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them.” ( Bible Dictionary, Prayer).
- We ask for forgiveness
- Pray that we will be overcome temptation and evil
- Recognize the hand of the Lord in our life – by expressing thanks – we recognize his kingdom, power, and glory through our obedience and gratitude
I’ve been thinking about my prayers. Usually, they aren’t as good as they ought to be. The Bible dictionary also explains that Praying is a form of work. Also, a wise friend once explained that prayer takes practice (which reinforces the idea that prayer is a form of work). I know I need to practice. I need to be thoughtful about my prayers. I need to be sure that each prayer is said with full purpose of heart.
And…to relate this to the missionary cause…I need to be sure that missionary work is a part of my prayers. I need to pray for those I love that do not yet have the gospel. I need to pray that I can have the opportunity to share it with them. I also need to practice prayer so that I can teach others how to pray.
I do have a testimony in prayer. I know that it is holy communication. I know that Heavenly Father hears my prayers – even when they aren’t as good as they can be. I know that he wants us to communicate with Him. I also know that prayer opens my heart so I can receive communication from him. I’m thankful for prayer.