Visiting Teaching Message (Jun ‘09)

Participate in Sincere Prayer - Ensign, Jun 2009, 59


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Sincere Prayer Has Strengthening Power

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “Think of our combined strength if every sister had sincere prayer every morning and night or, better yet, prayed unceasingly as the Lord has commanded. If every family had family prayer daily … , we would be stronger” (“What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 110).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Prayer changes our lives. Through it we draw near to the Lord, and he reaches out his finger and touches us, so we never again are the same.

“Prayer is a great tower of strength, a pillar of unending righteousness, a mighty force that moves mountains and saves souls” (“Patterns of Prayer,” Ensign, May 1984, 32).

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Every honest and sincere prayer adds another piece to chain-mail armor. … One of the most important ways to clothe yourselves in the armor of God is to make sure that prayer—earnest, sincere, consistent prayer—is part of your daily lives” (“Be Strong in the Lord,” Ensign, July 2004, 10).
D&C 112:10: “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.”

Sincere Prayer Is Holy Communication

President James E. Faust (1920–2007), Second Counselor in the First Presidency: “First, prayer is a humble acknowledgment that God is our Father and that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. Second, it is a sincere confession of sin and transgression and a request for forgiveness. Third, it is recognition that we need help beyond our own ability. Fourth, it is an opportunity to express thanksgiving and gratitude to our Creator. It is important that we frequently say: ‘We thank Thee … ,’ ‘We acknowledge before Thee … ,’ ‘We are grateful unto Thee …’ Fifth, it is a privilege to ask Deity for specific blessings.

“… Sincere prayers come from the heart. Indeed, sincerity requires that we draw from the earnest feelings of our hearts” (“The Lifeline of Prayer,” Liahona, July 2002, 62; Ensign, May 2002, 59–60).

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as ‘a form of work, … is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings’ (Bible Dictionary, ‘Prayer,’ 753). We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say ‘amen,’ by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father” (“Ask in Faith,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2008, 95).

President Thomas S. Monson: “As we offer unto the Lord our family and our personal prayers, let us do so with faith and trust in Him. Let us remember the injunction of the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews: ‘For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ If any of us has been slow to hearken to the counsel to pray always, there is no finer hour to begin than now” (“A Royal Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 61).

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  1. Prayer is the breath of our relationship of God
    Have you ever thought: Why are my prayers not answered? What am I doing wrong? Does God hear my prayers? How can my prayers be more powerful? How can I make prayer a more meaningful part of my life?
    David’s prayer life is an example of not just an okay or typical prayer life but a model from which we can learn.

    If we pray simply because we have been told so many times by so many people we needed to, we are praying to just go through the motions of living a spiritual life. Sincere Prayer, guide us improve our relationship with God and find solutions to life's challenges. The answers to our prayers will come as we put in the time and effort to develop a close relationship with God.
    "Prayer is not just a device for communication like a telephone to heaven; it is the actual channel through which the power of God flows."
    The longer we spend time with Him, and the more we share with Him the more our relationship will grow.
    (Message that I used this month in RS Newsletter)

  2. Didi, Thank you! Very nicely done. I think I sometimes pray because I have been taught to pray but when I pray because I want to pray and sometimes need to pray then those are the times I feel the spirit so strongly. ♥ Linda

  3. HI Didi,

    Thank you so much for your insight. I'm truly grateful and have a strong testimony of the power of prayer. It has help me not only in times of need but has aided me in making the most important decisions I have ever made in my entire life. God bless u!