Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Don't Forget to Pray
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."