Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid–day, and evening.
Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.” – Alma 34:18-26
We need to pray always -for a variety of reasons and in a variety of circumstances. We need to pray for mercy; we need to pray humbly; we need to pray while we work and while we rest. We need to pray for protection and sustenance. Most of all, however, we should pour out our whole souls to the Lord in prayer.
I can’t say that I always do this. Lately, my prayers have been lacking focus. Often, I’m hurrying to say it at all. I guess that’s better than nothing, but I know I need to make a better effort to communicate with my Father in Heaven. In the past, when I have been better at prayer, I have seen how it can be, in and of itself, a blessing. Through prayer, we get closer to God and feel his Spirit more strongly in our lives.
This kind of prayer also benefits missionary work. When we open our hearts to the Lord – when we open our whole souls – then we are better able to be examples of the gospel and share it with others.
Also – think of how it would benefit someone who does not yet pray to know that God listens to all of our prayers in any condition…