Posts filed under ‘Prayer’

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

Growing up my mother often said “beggars can’t be choosers”. In a sense we are all beggars(Mosiah 4:19). And we cannot choose the blessings that God gives to us. So often we have our own timetable and often the blessings we receive don’t fall into that timetable. So instead of being grateful, we reject the blessings or complain about them.

A few weeks ago I had an experience that help me realize how often this happens today. I was driving in my car and the radio was announcing the weather for the upcoming weekend. The forecast called for  rain. The announcer then said something very strange in my opinion. It was to the effect of  “we really need the rain, but does it have to come on a weekend?” How often are we like that?  We ask for blessings, but when they come at an inconvenient time we are not thankful for them.

I am thankful to be a beggar. To be completely reliant on the Lord. At times I am extremely grateful and other times grumble because I cannot see the blessings. Blessings come in many shapes and forms. I know that God does hear and answers our prayers. And He answers them in the way that will be best for us. It may not be in the way or time that we expect them, but they will come.

August 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Everything Changes

Every six weeks without fail there is an unusual excitement that takes place in a missionary’s life. This time is called transfers. Now what are transfers you may ask.  Transfers are when missionaries have the opportunity to serve in another part of the mission. We leave where we have currently been serving and move to a new apartment, usually we get a new companion and lots of things to do.

Why do we have transfers? Well there is a lot of reasons why. The most important reason is that this is the Lord’s work and He knows where we will make the most difference. Whether we need to be somewhere for our own growth or there to help someone elses growth.

The most important part of transfers is not the moving to a new place or getting a new companion. The most important part is that this is done completely by revelation. It is not some random guessing game. But we are put where we are for a reason and sometimes we can’t see the reason, but the Lord can.

Now you may ask,  how do we handle transfers? How do we adjust to living a new place, with a new companion? We handle it with faith. We do as Nephi, in the Book of Mormon, did. He went and did everything that the Lord asked him to.  He may not have known how he was going to accomplish anything, but he trusted that the Lord would provide a way. (1 Nephi 3:7)

Just like Nephi I trust the Lord enough to know that whatever He wants me to do he will provide a way. Since whenever that six-week excitement rolls around, I don’t fear. I look forward to the opportunities tha God is giving me. And by the way, I was recently transfered. I went somewhere new and got a new companion. 

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January 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

The Heavens are Not Sealed

As we read in the Bible, for hundreds of years God communicated to his children, the people on the earth, through prophets.  There were times when the people listened and were blessed. Then there were times when they rejected the prophets and denied themselves the blessings that God had in store for them. So the question begs, “If God spoke to prophets in ancient days, and God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, does God speak today?”

In the year 1820, a young man had this same type of question. This young man’s name was Joseph Smith. His question was one of a slightly more serious nature. Though he was young, he was concerned about his eternal salvation. Since his parents had taught him to find answers in the Bible, that is what he did. He turned to the Bible for answers. Yet when he took his questions to the various religious leaders, they all gave him different answers. He continued to read and came across this verse, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”(James 1:5).

God has given commandments with promises attach, “prove me now herewith”, he has said.(Malachi 3:10) God gives us commandments and promises blessings. We are to prove him by acting in faith and following those commandments. We “prove” God by testing the commandments. Joseph decided to do this same thing. He decided to ask God, he needed wisdom and God had promised to give it to him.

Early in the spring Joseph decided to offer up a prayer asking God what to do. He retired to a grove of trees near his home and acting in faith prayed.  The experience that followed is best described in his own words,

“I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith- History 1:16-17)

 

God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, did appear to Joseph Smith in that grove of trees. They answer his prayer, they knew his name, and the heavens were again open.

I know that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. They did speak to him, in that grove of trees. It is a comfort to know that God knows our names, does answer prayers-maybe not in the same way, and that He does speak to man today.

This experiance falls under the defination of a miracle.  To me it is a proof that God does live and does care about his children. And the heavens are not sealed today. To learn more visit Mormon.org

Watch another testimony of the Joseph Smith’s experiance at Mormon. org

June 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Pray Always

What is prayer? Is it a series of repetitive words and phrases with little of no feeling behind them? Is it a desperate cry for help when all else fails? Or is it something more? Prayer is heartfelt communication with God.

Why is it so important to have this communication with God? Imagine God as a loving Heavenly Father who desires us to call upon him. We would call upon him in our hour of despair, in moments of exceeding joy, and during times of sincere gratitude. The truth is that we don’t need to imagine, because He is our Heavenly Father. Just like an earthly parent he patiently waits for us to go to him. He is not going to barge into our lives.

Why do we need to call upon him? Because we need to come and know God. When we strive earnestly to develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father we know him and trust him. As we strive to follow his will, the more likely we are to recognize answers when we receive them. And the more we follow his will the more we know that he hears our prayers. (John 9:31)

Also we have been encouraged to pray when we have questions or need greater wisdom. In the epistle of James in states “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…” (James 1:5) God is the source of all truth and wisdom, if we have a question we should go to the source. We wouldn’t go to a mechanic for a tooth ache. The same goes for our questions about things eternally. We are also encouraged to “pray without ceasing”(1 Thessalonians 5:17). As we do so our prayers are heard and answered.

As we continue in James, it admonishes us that we need to “ask in faith, nothing wavering”(James 1:6) Faith is an action word. When we pray, we are showing our faith by doing the action of praying. We further learn that when we ask in faith then we will receive what is needful. (Matthew 7:7)

As we follow the example of our Savior we should pray at all times and in all places. As we pray we need to remember that our Heavenly Father knows us and will answer to what we need, not what we want. As we strive to learn the Father’s will we follow the example of Jesus Christ.(Matthew 26:39)

Heavenly Father always answers prayers. It may not be in a way we recognize or the way we want, but it will be in the way that is best for us and what we need.(Matthew 6:32)

To learn more about prayer and how God answers, check out Mormon.org and learn more.

June 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment


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