My adventure in becoming a [Good] Mormon

Posts tagged ‘prayer’

The rare request

It honestly feels odd to be requesting this since I rarely do, but: please guys, pray for my dear Anon’s….Sis. Anon.’s dad is in the hospital and they just found out today that they gotta go to Cardston again, it sounds even more serious now than before and I’m worried for them.

Completely different topic: Go read ‘The Bells’ by Richard Harvell. It’s fantastic.

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Prayer and assorted things

‎”We must go often and carefully to the word of God. If we are casual in our study of the scriptures, we will be casual in our prayers.
We may not cease to pray, but our prayers will become more repetitive, more mechanical, lacking real intent. Our hearts cannot be drawn out to a God we do not know, and the scriptures and the living prophets help us know Him. As we know Him better, we love Him more.”
–Henry B. Eyring

Well that explains everything then! It frustrates me when I find I’m repeating pretty much the same thing every time I pray as my ‘base’ then build off of that. I want to be original in praying like I used to be.

There was something said in Sacrament meeting today that really affected me and made it so I was fighting back tears until around Young Women’s…But, for the life of me, I can’t remember LOL.

I’m still angry over Halloween D:<. I am going trick or treating next year to make up for this year, I don’t care if I’m old.

In case anyone ever wondered, this is what I listen to on Sundays:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxopsRSfdU&p=9F75A48AE9318C00&index=1&feature=BF That’s my whole playlist thing, look at the bottom.

Gotta go write a church talk now. And find some lunch.

Live long & Prosper!!♥

 

*has idea*

But first, normally, I dislike all those email prayer spam things. But I got this one today and it made me smile:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that
has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to
sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

The main bit I like is “May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.”

I had a funny thing happen today. I opened up my sandwich and was just about to eat it when the thought hit me: ‘This is Sacrament bread’. The bread was the same as what was used last week in Church and I noticed this because it smelled identical. It made me laugh.

Anyways, my idea: This is more a reminder for myself and it’ll be secretive because he reads my blog occasionally.  It’s a Christmas present idea for a forgetful friend. I need a notebook to make it and I need to recover all the memories I can from years past. FUTURE CASS DUN FORGET THE AWESOME IDEA!!!!

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!♥