Your Father Knoweth What Things Ye Have Need Of – 3 Nephi 13:7-8

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.

The Bible Dictionary explains that the purpose of prayer is “to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them.” As I’ve pondered these verses, I can see one reason why this is the case: because the very act of asking, of pleading even, causes us to open our hearts so that we can receive the blessings that the Lord desires to give us. For example:

  • The act of asking a question opens our minds and our hearts to the possibility that our current views are not correct or complete. 
  • The act of asking for help enables us to acknowledge our own vulnerability and therefore recognize and accept the help when it is given. 

Today, as I pray, I will be grateful that Heavenly Father has commanded me to participate in an activity which prepares my mind and my heart to receive His blessings.

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