The Missionaries Will Teach...
God commands us to pray to him. We should kneel in prayer to him
every morning and evening, both by ourselves and with our families. We
can also pray at any other time and place. Heavenly Father hears and
answers prayers, and we should be committed to act on the answers to prayers
that we receive. Always pray sincerely.
We pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Begin
the prayer by addressing Heavenly Father, and end by saying, "In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen." God answers prayers.
When we pray we speak honestly and openly with our loving Father in
Heaven. We tell him how thankful we are for all of the blessings he
gives us. We tell him how much we love him, and if we need it, we may
ask for help and direction.
When we pray with faith, sincerity, and real intent, we will experience
the influence of God in our lives. We will have feelings of comfort
and peace, and will be directed by God to make good decisions. God
will warn us about danger, give us strength to obey his commandments, and
forgive us of our sins. It is important for us to recognize God's
influence in our lives and to listen to the still, small voice of the
We can recognize when the Holy Ghost is teaching truth by our minds being
filled with inspiring, enlightened, and uplifting new knowledge and
thoughts. We will feel peace, joy, and love in our hearts and will
want to do good works and help other. It's difficult to describe the
feeling of the spirit, but we can learn to recognize the feelings of the
spirit as we experience it.
Some Additional Thoughts...
There is a transparent double-bind in this principle. If praying
doesn't cause you to experience the influence of God, it must be your fault
because you don't have enough faith, sincerity, and real intent. The
fundamental question that arises in my mind is how to concurrently pray both
with faith and with sincerity. Sincerity implies being truly honest
and forthright about what you think, while faith means trying or
pretending to believe something that on some levels you sincerely
In my opinion, praying should be more about listening and less about
talking. Huckleberry Finn's personal integrity wouldn't allow him to
pray a lie. Would yours?