Do Mormons pray? And if so, how do you pray? ~ Dear Miss Mormon

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do Mormons pray? And if so, how do you pray?

Dear friend,
One of my favorite explanations of prayer is: "as soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part...Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought in to correspondence with each other." The more I travel around meeting people, the more I notice how people today seem to lack an understanding of prayer and revelation. So today I want to present to you "Miss Mormon's 10 steps closer to God" these are the things I do when I want to have a conversation with my Heavenly Father and trust me it works!
Miss Mormon's 10 steps closer to God
1.) go somewhere quiet
2.) kneel to pray
3.) think about what you're going to say before you begin
4.) say your prayer out loud...its ok, no one but God can hear you :)
5.) start your prayer by addressing God "Heavenly Father..."
6.) thank Him first for the things you're grateful for
7.) then ask Him your question(s)
8.) express any and all feelings you're having, talk to Him like you would your best friend
9.) close in the name of Jesus Christ "...I say all this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen"
10.) and then--and this is really important--sit there and just listen to the thoughts and feelings you get, don't doubt them, just listen.

I went through this process with a young friend of mine. She wasn't familiar with prayer when I first met her, but we explained these steps to her and then asked her about it every week. In one of our visits I asked her a few questions about her most recent experience, she smiled shyly and said: "every time I pray I get this warm, tingly feeling in my heart and it feels so good." as she continued to pray more and more, the feeling began to replace her old, bad feelings and she developed her very own relationship with Heavenly Father.
I have written so many responses to questions that revolve around prayer. Prayer is an essential part of overcoming trials, receiving blessings and removing doubt. Prayer is how we come to know God. Some of my favorite, most sacred experiences have occurred on my knees in humble prayer. I love to answer questions, I love to share what I've come to find out through my own experiences, but in the end I want all my friends to know where they can turn for any and all questions--and its definitely not Miss Mormon

With much love,
Miss Mormon

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)

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