Today I speak of a favorite topic of mine - prayer. The first Article of Faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says that, "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." Prayer is a way for all of us to commune with God, our Eternal Father. We do so in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son, and through the influence and power of the Holy Ghost.
Help In Trials
In our lives on earth all of us face hardships and trials, many of which may seem too hard to deal with ourselves. How do we get through these trials, after doing all that we can do? The Savior has promised, "Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full" (John 16:24). In prayer we may ask for help in these times, and we shall receive if we do so in faith.
Help With Temptation
Sometimes we are not having a physical hardship, but we are suffering temptations that we do not know how to get away from. Elder Boyd K. Packer, in a General Conference address, has informed that, "When temptation comes, you can invent a delete key in your mind-" One of these delete keys can be to say a silent prayer in our mind. This is confirmed with the scripture found in the Doctrine and Covenants, which says, "Pray always that you enter not into temptation" (D&C 61:39).
Returning to the words of Elder Packer, he has said, "Do not expect to be free entirely from trouble and disappointment and pain and discouragement, for these are the things that we were sent to earth to endure." However, we can always ask for the strength to overcome these hardships and disappointments.
"Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil." - Elder Boyd K. Packer
I love prayer, and know that when we pray in faith we are communicating with God, our Father, and he helps us in return.
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