This week's favorite scripture focuses on prayer. How do you make your prayers more meaningful?
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Lara from Overstuffed pointed to Moroni 7:48 as her favorite scripture which says,
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
Listen to the song Lara referenced. Great things to remember as we consider what to pray about. How do you pray with all your energy of heart? Here are 5 things to consider:
Consider Your Location
You can pray any place, any time but if you want to make your prayers more meaningful, pick your location more carefully. Choose a place that isn't full of distractions and noises. Mute your phone and put it in a drawer. Tell your family that you need a few minutes and lock the door. Pick a place where you can kneel comfortably without falling asleep. Choose a place that is clean, comfortable, and inviting. It may be your bedroom, your closet, the living room, or even your car.
Say your prayers out loud. I'm not talking about just a whisper either, fully talk out loud to God. Something happens when you begin to vocalize your gratitude and pleadings. The words you speak take on more power and meaning. They aren't simply wishes of the heart, they are your true desires and that you are ready to make happen. If you start crying, that's okay! Cry for a bit then speak out loud again.
Use a Prayer Notepad
Take a few minutes to think about what you want to include in your prayers before you start. Use the free notepad printable to write your thoughts down before you pray. Write down specific things that you are grateful for that day. Gratitude should always be a big part of every prayer. Then think about other people that you want to include in your prayers as well. Finally include your own concerns. After your prayers, write down some of the answers you have received and remember to express your gratitude for those answers in your next prayer.
Intention to Act
Don't turn your prayers in to wishes that fall flat. Anything that you pray about, you should be also be willing to work for. If you are praying about your sister, be willing to hear the promptings of how to help her and to put it into action. Are you praying about finances? Be willing to hear the answer about which things you can cut out of your budget or which jobs you should apply for even if it's not in your original plan. Be open and willing to work to make your answers happen.
Remember Your Relationship with God
You are a child of God. God loves you. As you remember your relationship with God, your prayers will become more natural and meaningful automatically. God is your Father in Heaven. He wants to help you. Express your feelings, desires, concerns, joys, successes and more with Him. Develop your relationship with God as you also seek the guidance and help you need.
Your Turn- What helps you to have more meaningful prayers?