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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Purpose (and Power) of Prayer

Recently, a friend of mine lamented his experience with prayer, wherein he prayed fervently and sincerely for an outcome which was not realized.
And so it is oft times for all of us, when we forget that the purpose of prayer is not for our own myopic petitions to be granted, but rather for us to learn the will of Our Father in Heaven, that we thereby may be more fully instructed, strengthened, and blessed.
When we pray, we first should " (the issue) out in (our) mind"..., and then "..ask (God) if it is right.." (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Doctrine & Covenants: Section 9, verse 8).
And, in all our petitions to God, we never should forget the prime purpose of prayer: to seek for a better understanding of His Plan of Happiness for all of us, and to praise Him for His eternal love and the supernal gift of the Atonement of His son, even Jesus Christ.
This then opens the windows of Heaven for us to better realize what we do not yet understand and to empower us to do and receive all with which He would bless us.
Worlds without end.
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