4 And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.
Nephi begins this chapter by expressing some concerns about his writing ability. We all want to be successful, and it is discouraging when we see our work falling short of our ideal. Just like Moroni, Nephi had a gift for teaching by the Spirit, but when he wrote the words down, he found them lacking and envisioned them being easily set aside (see 3 Nephi 33:1-3, Ether 12:23-24).
At the end of the previous chapter, Nephi taught us that we should pray before we attempted anything, and that we should ask God to consecrate our performance that it might be for the welfare of our souls (2 Nephi 32:9). Now, he echoes that language as an expression of faith in his own work. Yes, it falls short of his expectations. Yes, he wishes the words were more poetic and more charismatic. But he knows that God will hear his prayers and turn his imperfect offering into a powerful document which can bless the lives of its readers.
There comes a point in all of our service when we simply have to let go. We do our very best to serve with excellence, and we bring our whole selves–our talents and skills, our energy and enthusiasm–to the job. But at some point, we recognize that we have given it our all, and it still isn’t enough. That’s when we need to turn our contribution over to the Lord and pray that He can turn it into something better.
Today, I will work hard at the tasks I need to accomplish, and when I have done my best, I will let go and trust God to convert my limited offering into something of substance and value.