La Carlota City LDS Meetinghouse as captured by Google Dec. 2015
Jesus prayed, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
I know many of us here have a different manner of praying, of communicating to the Lord for whatever purpose we have in need, in mind. I am citing here Jesus Christ, for He is the great exemplar of righteousness. Since the time that I was converted to the LDS Church, I have kept and followed these 5 simple steps in prayer.
1. Address the Father in heaven.
Heavenly Father is the Creator of all things in heaven and on earth. He created man and woman in resemblance of His structure. When man fell, He gave him the chance to get back to the Garden of Eden by giving him the instructions on what to do. He is a Great Provider. He has the unfeigned love of saving us as sinners by sending His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ to redeem us.
It is a profound respect and honor for Him, if we do acknowledge Him as we address Him in our prayer. That is the reverence we can offer Him.
2. Give thanks of what you’ve received.
We all depend on God’s mercy for everything we do. He has the power to do everything: to curse us or to uplift us. Being grateful is another way of being respectful and humble to the One who gives us the amenities in life, to the One who frees us from the trouble every day. In a word or two, we can express how thankful we are for His goodness and mercy.
3. Ask what you need
We know that God is all-knowing. He knows what we need before we ask Him. But putting ourselves in the spirit of humility and humbleness, it is best to ask Him for what we need personally, for our family, for the community, for the country and for the whole world as to your immediate needs.
4. Close it in the name of Jesus Christ
Nobody can come to our Father in Heaven except through Jesus Christ. He takes everything for Him to go in between us and the God the Father. He is the great mediator to make our salvation possible. It takes us a great faith to wait. Sometimes the answer to our prayer is yes, no, or wait for the appointed time that our intercession with the Heavenly Father is granted.
5. Say amen.
In a letter writing, this is a complimentary close. It is a humble way of acknowledging what we have written like sincerely yours, very truly yours, among others. In prayer, this means a faithful hope that what you pray could be answered by the Lord. That is in your personal life. But when prayer is said before the congregation, saying amen means that you agree to what has been said in the prayer. The people say amen in the clear audible manner in unison.
Frequency of Prayer
How often do we need to pray? This is a subjective question. Some say it depends on their needs or as the occasion so requires. Some say whether they pray once or twice, that is all for them – as long as they pray.
It is the Spirit that leads man to pray. The evil spirit influences man not to pay. (2 Nephi 32:8, Book of Mormon) It is the same in teaching the Gospel of Jesus: when you don’t have the Holy Ghost, don’t pray. Well, we won’t guess how many times that we are going to pray. We ask what the Scripture tells us to do. “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer…” (Acts 6:4, KJV)
When and where do we pray?
Since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980, I pray every day upon waking up, going to my working place, eating every meal, in a meeting, family gathering, among others. In short, praying has become my way of life.
Our Church is the place of prayer, so as with our home. Anywhere can be a place to say a prayer, as long as those around you don’t make fun of you or mock you. To pray you need a quite place, free from distractions. And when you pray, don’t follow what the hypocrites are praying.
After reading this, take your time for a moment and say your little prayer. God bless!
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