Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prayer...a Privilege and a Blessing

Elder John B. Dickson addressed us in a published article in the February 2001 Ensign concerning prayer.

"Prayer is not only a commandment but also one of the greatest of all privileges given to the sons and daughters of God. "Draw nearer unto me and I will draw nearer unto you; seek ye diligently and ye shall find me, shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you"...(D&C 88:63)

While visiting the inhabitants of Ancient America the Savior instructed us..."Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed".
 (3 Nephi 18:21)

Just like a child a simple prayer is all that is needed to unite ourselves with Heavenly Father.  Simple, short and profoundly prayers are often the most spiritual ones.

The following steps are taught to those who are learning to pray:

1. Address always your prayer to Heavenly Father.

2. Thank Him for everything you feel moved to thank Him for.

3. Address your concerns to Him and ask Him from the bottom of your heart your needs

4. Seal your prayer in Jesus name, amen.

This basic format is helpful and it is always appropriate.
Many of us are often discouraged when our prayers are not answered immediately. It is important for us to have patience by understanding that God answers prayers 3 ways.

1. Yes

2. No

3. Wait

Let us not be discouraged when our prayers are not answered quickly. Let us have faith in knowing that  God will answer our prayers when He feels it is the right time for us to receive it. 

Learning the beautiful language of prayer brings a lifetime of happiness, humility, and peace.

Say a prayer today.


  1. sometimes, no answer says-you can make this decision yourself...

  2. Thanks for this important reminder!