The Prayer of Faith, Thomas S. Monson, April 1978
I have always enjoyed President Monson’s talks. The stories he shares and his love for those he serves is evident in his talks. This talk was no exception.
He talks on the power of prayer and faith by sharing multiple examples of prayer in the everyday people he meets as he travels throughout the world.
He introduces us to the Louden family in Mt. Isa, Australia. A very small community, the mother and her two children were the only members of the Church. The father, was a non-member. President Monson then encourage them to pray and to meet and hold Primary meetings regularly. He promised to send materials to help them when he got home. Years later while attending a Stake Conference in the Brisbane Stake, he talked of this family and hoped that he would some day get to meet this father to find out what had happened to him. The father was in the audience that night, stood up and said he was the father and that prayer and primary had brought him into the Church.
On assignment in Argentina, he paused by a park and reflected on Melvin J. Ballard’s dedicatory prayer in that park on Christmas Day in 1925 and how the gospel had spread in that land far exceeding their expectations. In that same park was a statue of George Washington which reminded him of Valley Forge and the statue they have there not of him astride his horse over looking a battle but kneeling in prayer on the ground next to his horse.
The quote I like from this talk is “Men and women of integrity, character, and purpose have ever recognized a power higher than themselves and have sought through prayer to be guided by that power.”
He shared several more examples of prayers. Examples from the prophets, from the life of Christ, from a sailor during one of the World Wars, from a missionary and his family. It was his desire that we can each learn and live to pray. We can look to the examples of others, especially to Jesus, to learn how to pray and see how praying regularly can bring about great results.