5 Powers that Prayer Brings Into Our Lives
We all need prayer in our life.
“To call upon the Lord for wisdom beyond our own, for strength to do what we ought to do, for comfort and consolation, and for the expression of gratitude is a significant and wonderful thing.” -Gordon B Hinckley
Prayer has always been a large part of my life. I remember my mother wrangling my three brothers and me to pray together each night. I have been blessed with righteous parents who have always understood the value of prayer. Prayer is so simple and, because of that, it is so easy to forget how amazing it is.
We have the ability to talk to God through prayer.
That simple statement should fill us with absolute wonder and awe. The all-powerful, all-knowing creator of everything has set up a way that each one of us can communicate with Him directly and individually.
He has so much to give us.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” — Matthew 7:7 KJV
We all need wisdom in our life.
The world is so full of confusion and controversy. Everyone is scared and nervous about what the future holds. So many voices screaming at us to believe in their products, their perspectives, or their beliefs.
Who can we trust?
The Lord knows everything and He has promised to guide us through this tumultuous times. While we cannot expect guidance in our own time, we can trust that the Lord loves us and will be there when we need him most.
We only need to ask.
Strength and Comfort
[We] walk a very difficult road with countless problems and great perplexities. Plead with the Almighty that [we] may be guided, blessed, protected, inspired in their righteous endeavors. -Gordon B Hinckley
We all need strength and comfort in our life.
While we don’t know what this year holds, we do know it will be difficult. Prayer cannot take away all the pains we find in life. There will be days where we feel like giving up. Some days we will need strength to endure hardships. Some days we will need comfort to know that we will get through it.
The greatest one among us, Jesus Christ, had one of the hardest lives ever recorded. He was scorned by his brethren. He was betrayed by his friend. He was judged unfairly. He suffered every sin and pain of the world. He was nailed to the cross.
Jesus Christ, above all others, knows exactly what we are going through. He has felt that pain. He will comfort you.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.
-President Thomas S Monson in An Attitude of Gratitude
We all need gratitude in our life.
It is very easy to get caught up in the negativity of the news. In the midst of rumors of wars and tragedy, we must take time to look at the good in our lives.
When we offer gratitude to God in prayer, we are reminded of that good. It can uplift our spirits and make us more attentive to our blessings. It’s hard to be resentful when you are being grateful.
“In remembering together before the Lord the poor, the needy, and the oppressed, there is developed, unconsciously but realistically, a love for others above self, a respect for others, a desire to serve the needs of others.” -Gordon B Hinckley
We all need charity in our life.
We are not alone in this world. We have neighbors, friends, and family. We have classmates, coworkers, and students. There is always someone that needs our help.
Prayer can give us the eyes to see those in need. We can be the Lord’s hands to help them.
Prayer is Not the End
“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” -St. Augustine
Wisdom is nothing if we do not follow it.
Strength is nothing if we do not use it.
Gratitude is nothing if we do not show it.
Charity is nothing if we do not share it.
May we always strive to improve our communication with the Lord in prayer and in deed.
If you’d like to hear more from President Gordon B Hinckley and prayer, here’s a lovely video about an experience he had when he was younger.