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February 21, 2024

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C M RonaldDecember 14, 2020

Hi there. I really liked the article. I have one question... Jared, Alma, Amulek were all in the Old Testament. When Jesus Christ came, He taught us how to pray with 'The Lord's Prayer' for example... So I guess I'm a bit confused as to why pray after B.C/Old Testament examples...

Mark BishopDecember 11, 2020

I truly feel my fallen nature, even as a struggle to be kind and faithful. Didn't Jesus say that only one was good, even our Father in Heaven? I pray for His mercy for myself and everyone else in this world of disappointment and struggle. It is only through the merits of Jesus Christ that any of us have any chance at all.

Peter SchlegelDecember 9, 2020

Thank you for your excellent counsel on prayer Br Goddard.i too have had times where I feel my prayers were so lacking and I was just not connecting with my Father in Heaven. Being responsible for many souls at given times he always made His will known but I often felt there could be a much stronger connection. My life has often been a "mess" and it's good to know others have struggled along with me. Your insights and plain speaking are a true blessing to me. Thank you!

Lori ThorntonDecember 9, 2020

Such great insights and food for thought! However, I dont' want to be too quick to throw out the "standard" formula for prayer. Showing true gratitude for what we have first very often changes the rest of the prayer. Sometimes we truly forget about all of the great things we have! It's very hubling to be reminded of all the luxuries of life that we often don't even think about (utilities, clean water, heating and air conditioning, a warm bed, etc). I've been humbled many, many times to tears in this first part of the standard prayer formula. It sets the tone for great humility for the remainder of the prayer, and puts me in awe of His love for me!

Maryann TaylorDecember 8, 2020

There is some good advice here, however, #2 troubles me. I do no consider myself "a mess" and I think it would offend Heavenly Father to describe myself in this way. I am also not "evil continually." Heavenly Father know we are weak and that we will make mistakes. There is a difference between genuine repentance and self-flogging.

J. HamiltonDecember 8, 2020

Great article. What the author is touching on also has another name-Mindfulness. If this strikes a chord with you, I suggest you read "The Power of Stillness: Mindful Living for Latter-day Saints"; also "Transformations of Faith" with Thomas Wirthlin McConkie. Prayer is such an amazing conduit and during these times of increased revelation (Priesthood, Home based church, etc.) the heavens are truly opened.

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