Meaningful Prayer.

I remember when Kylie (Sister Buchi at that time) sent a letter as a missionary for us to ask for specific answers in our prayers. Be direct. I don’t remember a lot of her letters (sorry, Sister Buchi) but I do remember this one. It struck my heart and has helped change a lot in my life. Since I read that letter my prayers have become direct, specific, and personal. My relationship with the Savior and my Heavenly Father have become more intimate, personal, and real.

My life has changed in so many ways. I’ve seen other people’s lives change. Because of my prayers for them, obviously. Just kidding. I’ve seen God answer the prayers of Jodi in one specific area of one of our daughters lives. It’s personal so I’ll keep it at that but her prayers were answered in a very personal and individual way.

3 Nephi 14:7-8.

“Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened”.

Perhaps we don’t fully trust the promise.

Perhaps we want relief on our timetable instead of allowing God to answer our prayers in His time and in His way.

Perhaps we’re so busy trying to solve our problems on our own that we fail to step back, look up, and seek the help we need.

Today, I will ask God for specific blessings. I will seek answers to the questions I’m struggling with. I will knock, believing that my Heavenly Father is willing to open the door, send answers, and give me the blessings I need. I will remember that He loves all of His children and will answer them when they call.

I don’t know much about life but I do know this. Prayer works. Prayers are answered. Questions are answered. Problems are solved. Peace comes. The Spirit will lead and guide you.

One of the direct questions I ask every day is this. Will you please lead and guide me and go before me? Will you be on my left and my right side and the Spirit in my heart and angels round about me to bear me up?

1 Nephi 4:6. It’s my life guiding scripture. Most of the time I don’t have the answers or know what to do. Life is hard. So? I pray for the Spirit. Just read the scripture. You’ll understand.

If you ask for DIRECT questions from God then God will DIRECT your life. Ironic? No, absolutely not.

It works for me. Maybe it’ll work for you.

Try it.

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