32 O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me—yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, and also my two sons—yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.
33 Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength, that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
Yesterday, I wrote about Alma’s ability to find joy in the success of his friends. Today, I’m thinking about a prayer he offered some time later, when some of those same friends joined him on a mission to the Zoramites.
Alma’s prayer is inclusive and hopeful. He asks the Lord:
- To comfort his soul and the souls of his companions
- To give him and his companions success in their missionary efforts
- To strengthen his companions for the challenges that lie ahead
- To give them power and wisdom to bring the Zoramites to Him.
Even though he was appalled at the pride and callousness of the Zoramites, he acknowledges to God that “their souls are precious.” Even though his message is not likely to be well-received, it is worth the effort because the worth of their souls is great. (See D&C 18:10).
Alma was a great leader. He cared about the success of the people he led. He was willing to tackle difficult challenges when needed, and he had faith that God would help him and his friends to have success.
Today, I will pray for the success of the people I lead. I will ask Heavenly Father to comfort them, to strengthen them, and to give them success in their righteous endeavors. I will also remember the worth of a soul and will work hard to serve other people, even if they are not appreciative of my efforts.