Nephi prayed mightily because he was sorry for the wicked who would not believe and he especially feared that they were going to destroy the righteous because of their beliefs.
APRIL 2003 | Sweet Power of Prayer
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Jesus taught us how.4 We pray to our Heavenly Father,5 in the name of Jesus Christ,6 by the power of the Holy Ghost.7 This is the “true order of prayer,”8 in contrast to “vain repetitions”9 or recitations given to “be seen of men.”10
Jesus revealed that we pray to a wise Father who knows what things we have need of, before we ask Him.11
Mormon taught his son, Moroni, that we should pray “with all the energy of heart.”12 Nephi exclaimed, “I pray continually for [my people] by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, … and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.”13
The sweet power of prayer can be intensified by fasting, on occasion, when appropriate to a particular need.14
Prayers can be offered even in silence. One can think a prayer, especially when words would interfere.15 We often kneel to pray; we may stand or be seated.16 Physical position is less important than is spiritual submission to God.
When should we pray? The Lord said, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.”19
Alma said, “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God.”20
We pray privately, with our families regularly, at mealtime, and in daily activities. Simply summarized, we are a praying people.
When we pray, we should not presume to give counsel but should inquire of the Lord24 and hearken to His counsel.25 Joseph Smith’s first prayer ushered in the Restoration of the gospel.26 In 1833, he received the Word of Wisdom after asking the Lord for counsel.27 The revelation on the priesthood received in 1978 by President Spencer W. Kimball came after intense inquiry.28 Inspiration regarding the construction of smaller temples came after the pondering of President Gordon B. Hinckley.29
Not all of our prayers will be answered as we might wish. Occasionally the answer will be no. We should not be surprised. Loving mortal parents do not say yes to every request of their children.30
We should pray in accord with the will of our Heavenly Father.32 He wants to test us, to strengthen us, and to help us achieve our full potential. When the Prophet Joseph Smith was held in Liberty Jail, he pled for relief. His prayers were answered with an explanation: “All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.”33
Prayer can always be improved upon, Let us analyze how we can better pray with more conviction and faith .
I have a testimony of prayer and fasting and of the blessings we can receive. We cannot take away another's agency but we can pray that they will make better choices. We can pray for protection for ourselves and guidance. How will I live my life that I may be a better servant to God? How can I help others to do what is right? What would the Lord have me do? I can ask for blessings upon others and especially those I know and love. I can see the answers to those prayers but I cannot control what other's do, only influence them and ask sometimes for divine intervention. Every prayer should close with “thy will be done” if not, we might get the very thing we asked for even if it is the wrong thing.
Pray for mercy and forgiveness.
Always remember to express gratitude for the Savior and for all the blessings we receive. Gratitude is the stuff happiness is made of.
140-did You Think To Pray
144- Secret Prayer
12 A Child's Prayer
14-I Pray In Faith