Sunday, February 21, 2010

Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer

In the April 2007 General Conference, apostle Elder Richard G. Scott gave a talk entitled, "Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer." (Links to Windows Media Player and Quicktime Player videos.)This talk wonderfully defines prayer, beautifully illustrates how we can use prayer to communicate our sincere desires with our Heavenly Father, and clearly describes the manner in which we receive answers to our prayers.

Many people understand and use prayer differently. Even those who profess no belief in God or a Supreme Being utter a plea to a Higher Power during extreme situations. However, when we understand our relationship with God, that is, that He is our Father and we are His children, prayer becomes natural and instinctive (see Bible Dictionary: Prayer).

Prayer is a strength to us during our sojourn here on earth. Prayer is one way in which we express our love and gratitude to our Heavenly Father for all He does for us. Prayer is the means by which we ask for the desires of our hearts. We should pray during good times and during hard times. Prayer is not simply a last ditch effort to ease our pain or to get what we want. Prayer is how we communicate with our Father in Heaven and how we build our relationship with Him.

As for receiving answers to prayer, read what Elder Scott has to say. I testify that the principles and doctrines taught by the Lord's apostle are true. I have tested each of these principles numerous times in my own life and I know that the Lord loves us enough to answer our prayers.