Answer to Prayers/Guidance
1 Nephi 1:6
Lehi prayed and a pillar of fire came on a rock and he saw and heard much. Because of this he did quake and tremble exceedingly.
He received an answer to his prayers in the form of a vision and revelation and it must have been strong and impressive and also pretty overwhelming.
The Lord led the Israelites in a pillar of fire by night to give them light.
Lehi and Nephi in Jel. R:24 were encircled about in a pillar of fire.
Joseph Smith Jr. saw a pillar of light above the brightness of the Son and while he was praying in his room a light appeared lighter than noon day.
D&C 29:12 When He comes again it will be in a pillar of fire. Isa. 4:5 and 2 Nephi 14:5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mt. Zion...a cloud by day and a flaming fire by night [for defense].
Zech 2:5 the Lord said that He would be to Jerusalem a wall of fire and the glory in the midst of her.
Exodus 19:18 Went forth in a pillar of fire
Joseph Smith's vision-
The fire is listed under presence of God and divine protection.
Isaiah saw the Lord- Isa. 6:15
This scripture helps us know of the reality of God. That he speaks to his prophets all through the ages. That he protects them with is power and light.
Just as He answered Lehi's prayer He will answer our prayers.
Just as he led the Israelites with a pillar of fire at night, so He leads us through the darkness in our lives, we can see His light and feel it in our hearts and follow the whisperings. The scriptures point to the light. Christ is the light.
We may tremble as Lehi did or be afraid [although he may have trembled from the transformation he felt as he saw the visions].
We may feel overwhelmed at what God asks but we must have courage and follow his light. His light and love and power will protect us from evil. He is all powerful.
10/14 Pres. Utchdorf -Receiving A Testimony of Light and Truth
“Please consider the magnitude of this promise:
the Everlasting and Almighty God, the Creator of this vst universe, will speak to those who approach Him with a sincere heart and real intent.
He will speak to them in dreams, visions, thoughts, and feelings.
He will speak in a way that is unmistakable and that transcends human experience. He will give them divine direction and answers for their personal lives. ….
God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions.
286-Oh, What Songs of the Heart V. 3
2- The Spirit of God