Category Archives: Prayer

What Does It Mean to Pour Out Your Soul to God?

Several times in the Book of Mormon, people pray with such intensity that they are described as “pouring out [their] whole [souls] unto God.” After Enos’s sins were forgiven, he “began to feel a desire for the welfare of…the Nephites.” … Continue reading

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What Can We Learn from the Lord’s Prayer?

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave His disciples an example of a good prayer. “After this manner therefore pray ye,” He said: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be … Continue reading

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What Are “Vain Repetitions,” and Why Should We Avoid Them?

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior gave the following counsel about prayer: But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to “Watch and Pray?”

Just after participating in the Last Supper, the Savior walked with His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Telling His disciples, “Pray that ye enter not into temptation,” He walked a little … Continue reading

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What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About Family Prayer?

During the Savior’s visit to the American continent, after healing the sick, He invited the people to bring their children forward. The children sat around the Savior, and the adults knelt behind the children. Jesus also knelt and prayed. After … Continue reading

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Why Are Some Prayers Fixed (the Sacrament Prayers, for Example) in Contrast to Our Normal Prayers?

We have significant latitude over the content of our prayers. For the most part, we can pray for the things we want to pray for, and our Heavenly Father wants us to share our genuine thoughts and feelings when we … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to “Counsel with the Lord?”

Every time we pray, we face a paradox. On the one hand, we know that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). We are imperfect mortals with limited perspective attempting to communicate with a Being who knows infinitely … Continue reading

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