I love that each manual starts with the basics because without them we can not continue in our progression. Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 2: Pray Always talks about having a strong foundation for ourselves and our families with prayer. I have such a strong testimony of prayer- individual, family, groups... it works. God hears and answers our prayers and we are blessed.
"The differences and irritations of the day melt away as families approach the throne of heaven together. Unity increases. The ties of love and affection are re-enforced and the peace of heaven enters."
And that is just a little bit of the blessings we can receive. As we focus on the meaning of the words, why we are praying, and how; the power of prayer will only increase. For me, one of the biggest things that keeps me from just saying the words is remembering that God already knows what is going on and what we need but He wants us to come to Him and tell Him. This allows me to go beyond words sometimes and just open up my heart. We all need prayer.
"I testify there is a God in heaven who hears and answers prayer. I know this to be true. I would humbly urge all … to keep in close touch with our Father in heaven through prayer. Never before in this gospel dispensation has there been a greater need for prayer. That we will constantly depend upon our Heavenly Father and conscientiously strive to improve our communication with Him is my earnest plea."
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"Did You Think to Pray?"- Hymn #140
"Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!"- Hymn #17
"Be Thou Humble"- Hymn #130
"Come unto Him"- Hymn #114
"God Speed the Right"- Hymn #106
"God's Daily Care"- Hymn #306
"Joseph Smith's First Vision"- Hymn #26
"Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee"- Hymn #123
"Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire"- Hymn #145
"Secret Prayer"- Hymn #144
"Softly Now the Light of Day"- Hymn #160
"Sweet Hour of Prayer"- Hymn #142
Questions to Ponder
- How have you been blessed as a result of personal prayer?
- When have you seen family prayer lead to the blessings President Benson mentions?
- What can we do to make family prayer a priority?
- How can President Benson's suggestions help us communicate with our Father in Heaven?
- How will you follow President Benson's counsel?
- What is your testimony of prayer?
Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 2: Pray Always- Write down your answers to the questions above as you go through- share some of your thoughts in the comments below
"Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer" by Elder Richard G. Scott
"The Lifeline of Prayer" by President James E. Faust
"Ask in Faith" by Elder David A. Bednar
"Sweet Power of Prayer" by Elder Russell M. Nelson
Ezra Taft Benson Chapter 2: Pray Always- What sticks out to you this time? Do you have different answers to the questions than before?