Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Don't Forget to Pray

I have writer's block right now, so I'm going to blog about it. (Take that, writer's block!) Writer's block is annoying. I really want to try to have a new blog up everyday for all my adoring fans (or at least the few people who stumble across my blog). If I don't post a blog, my page views are around 2-10 (if I'm lucky). Whereas, I can expect to see 20s even 30s when I do post a new blog. But, it gets really hard to think of something to write about 6 days a week. I really should do a better job of really committing myself during my morning studies to find something really good to blog about, but even then, sometimes there just doesn't seem to be a full-length blog in it (though, that's probably my fault). So often, I just sit and stare at the computer screen, hoping something pops into my head. Often, it does. Sometimes, it doesn't. There have been several days when I just couldn't think of anything, so I just skipped a new post. It can get frustrating and annoying racking your brain for something original, catchy, and uplifting to write. Often, when I stumble across a halfway decent idea, I force out a few sentences, then go distract myself with something else for a few minutes before returning to the task at hand. It can be a pain, but I suffer through it, and out comes a blog that appears to get pretty well received.
The same problem can apply to all of us in a much more serious setting: prayer. How often do we fold our hands or arms, kneel down, and just kinda blank? It's happened to me on multiple occasions. We just have no idea what to say. What could we possibly say? God knows it all anyways, right? Why ask Him for something He knows we need? Or thank Him for the things He knows we're thankful for? Or we just don't know what it is we need. We get to a point where we're so stuck in a rut, so confused, and have no idea what help we even need, so how can we ask for help? That was has been a big one for me in the past. The point of prayer is not to redundantly state the obvious, or to have it be some masterful, eloquent personal sermon worthy of publication. Prayers are simply your conversation with God. Yes, He knows what you need and what you're thankful for, but that doesn't mean He doesn't want to hear it. Always offer up your thanks. "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." (1 Chronicles 16:34). Always remember that the Lord will help when called upon. Just like President Uchtdorf said, "When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer- no matter how eloquent the oration."“When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer—no matter how eloquent the oration.” We rely on the Lord for everything, and He's more than happy to help out, as long as you ask in faith, and show your willingness to do the things necessary. Prayers are what connect us to our Heavenly Father, and what help us overcome our problems. Never let paryer's block stop you from communicating with your Heavenly Father.

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