- My husband chimed in this week with this scripture that reminds us that we are in a battle against evil in the world. Prayer is one of our #1 resources in that battle.
- Alicia chose a wonderful New Testament scripture in Matthew 7:7 that reminds us that our Heavenly Father is waiting for us to ASK, SEEK, & KNOCK and he is there to answer.
- Have you ever sung a hymn and the words spoke to you and you felt that as you sang the words they were expressing the thoughts of your heart? I know that I have many times and so has Lindsey and that is why she shared this scripture today. This is the 2nd scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants that we have shared. If you haven't heard of that book, you can find out about it and The Book of Mormon here.
- This simple scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is my choice. I chose it because I pretty much follow this advice in my life on a daily basis. I mean, I have a husband, 6 children (one on a mission in Africa!), 10 grandchildren and many siblings, and a 95 year old mom. Just those people alone keep me "praying without ceasing!" Then, there are all of my friends and the state of the world. Honestly, I could not make it without the power of prayer in my life and the knowledge and experience with it to know our prayers are heard and answered.
I recently read a story about Jimmy Stewart and he was telling his story in his own words to Richard H. Schneider in 1987 and it was later published in Guideposts in 2014. (Click those links for my sources.) It is the story of his experience in the film, "It's a Wonderful Life." This story illustrates what I mean about the power that can be felt when we call upon our Father in Heaven.
In one scene, for example, George Bailey is faced with unjust criminal charges and, not knowing where to turn, ends up in a little roadside restaurant. He is unaware that most of the people in town are arduously praying for him.
In this scene, at the lowest point in George Bailey's life, Frank Capra was shooting a long shot of me slumped in despair.
In agony I raise my eyes and, following the script, plead, "God... God...dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I'm at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God..."
As I said those words, I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. This was not planned at all, but the power of that prayer, the realization that our Father in heaven is there to help the hopeless, had reduced me to tears."
I just want to leave you with one more scripture that is a favorite of mine from the Book of Mormon. My Thessalonians scripture is a shorter version of this, but this one is detailed and so beautiful. It is found in Alma 34:17-27:
18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.