“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him” (Psalm 62:8).
After Enos prayed for his own soul and received forgiveness from God, his thoughts turned to his people. He says, “I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them” (Enos 1:9).
What does it mean to pour out your whole soul? Here are some thoughts that have occurred to me as I have pondered this phrase today:
- It suggests a complete openness, a willingness to tell Heavenly Father everything: your thoughts, your feelings, your mistakes, your hopes, your fears, and even your doubts.
- It suggests a willingness to let things go, to abandon desires and ambitions which are not in harmony with God’s will. Maybe we have to be willing to let go of our worldly desires in order to make room to receive God’s blessings. Ironically, the more we cling to our agenda, the less capacity we may have to receive knowledge and blessings from God.
Here’s how President Russell M. Nelson has counseled us to pray:
Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.
Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart.
(“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” General Conference, April 2018).
Today, I will pour out my whole soul to God. I will hold nothing back as I pray. I will tell Him how I am feeling and what I am experiencing. I will approach Him with a willingness to let go of my earthly desires, so that I can hear His voice and receive the blessings He wants to give me.