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A fascinating ‘How-to’

Ok, prayer is not exactly something new to me. But the method of how to pray ‘correctly’ (if there is a way) is. Also, experiencing the event of actually receiving things, like answers to questions, is still surprising. Perhaps it’s because I wasn’t very observant before.  I have had recent experiences with receiving answers and am still surprised and excited every time it happens. But I get kind of worried when I don’t at least get an immediate feeling after or during prayer. I think that’s because this is so new to me and I’m scared of losing it. But I found this while trolling lds.net (a loverly little forum I found!).

From http://www.lds.net/forums/lds-gospel-discussion/31664-how-get-answers-your-prayers-consistently.html

This site is fascinating. There’s loads to read on everything and it’s a great source of info!!

“I think the best way to get God to answer to your prayers consistently is to merely pray for God’s will.
Mother T said “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones….”

Here is a post I did awhile ago on the secret to prayers

Quote:

We’ve all heard the issues with not receiving a witness, with not having prayers answered, of reaching out into a void, of not finding God.

Here is the secret.

If you no longer want it, often you will receive it.

Here is how it works: if you want something, then it is your will – you are not submitting yourself to God, you are not trusting God. Even if it is something righteous/good that you want – if you are trying to force your will ahead of God’s, you will generally not get the desired item. When you can ask for something, and honestly be at peace/content/thankful for either getting it or not, that is when prayers are answered.

You have to submit to God’s will, whatever it might be. You have to honestly be content to live with whatever God sends, with whatever trials come your way, with whatever is given or not given.

It is also akin to the Buddhist teaching – to strive to live with no desires. Desiring you are always discontent with life, always wanting more. If you can cease to desire anything, you can live in peace. To me, learning to live with no desires, is living in complete submission/trust to God’s will. “My” desire is “my” will, and until I can learn to get rid of my will and think about the will of others, the will of God, I will be trapped in a self-centered way of being.

Did that make sense?

This was shared at a recent testimony meeting, and I have also found it to be true.
Sr *** shared that years ago, her little boy was dieing in the hospital. The doctors told her he was going to die. She prayed that he would live of coarse, she was his mother – if you are a parent, you understand what that means. She prayed for him to live, over and over again, and his condition deteriorated. She finally submitted herself to the will of God, she gave up hope that he would live. She accepted losing him, the hardest thing any mother would ever have to do, and she did it. She let go of him.

And that is when he was miraculously healed.

He is grown and married now, it is ancient history today. She shared this in testimony because she felt another needed to hear it. We ask and hope, but then we have to learn to submit, to let go of everything, to trust God, and let His will be done – however hard letting go is. When we can let go, and follow our Father in Heaven, miracles occur.

Think of Abraham/Issac – when Abraham showed that he was willing to sacrifice his son, willing to sacrifice his will for the will of the Father, then Isaac was allowed to live.

Luke 22:42 Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

When we can honestly say/accept/be at peace with ending our prayers with “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” – then you will find what the will of God is, and be thankful for everything He sends your way

Something to work for I think.

Live long and Prosper!♥