Just Pray!

Joseph Smith’s First Vision photo courtesy of More Good Foundation

We all have questions. Not a day goes by when we don’t ask one. Some can be easily asked thanks to the power of Google. But there are some questions where the answers don’t come so easily. They are questions that have to do with our problems, our doubts, or just general questions of our life and life direction. We all have them. And yes, we can reason the answers all we want, but sometimes even reason doesn’t get us all the way there. So why not try another approach: Prayer.

The scriptures tell us that if we pray and want answers, we will get our answers. The Bible says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

If you have ever spoken with a Mormon, Moroni 10:3-5 has most likely been mentioned. These verses are known as Moroni’s Promise. That is, the prophet Moroni not only says do it, but he tells us that if we do it, God will most definitely answer us. Part of the Promise reads:

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

Now that we know the scriptures ask us to pray and promise answers, let’s examine what prayer is. Prayer is lifting ourselves up to God so that we can better understand what it is that God wants of us. Prayer is entrusting ourselves over to God hoping that He will take over and reveal Himself to us. In prayer we ask God what he wants of us and somehow, He will let us know what it is we are supposed to be doing. Mary’s response to the angel is a perfect example of this prayer, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Mary, not completely understanding God’s plan for her life, not only says yes, but submits her will to the will of the Father. That is what we do in prayer.

So you may be thinking, “Come on, prayers don’t get answered!” Well, that reminds me of the story of a young boy in 1820 New York state. He was surrounded by people of all different religious denominations that he didn’t know which one was the true Church. After reading the words of James to “ask of God”, young Joseph Smith went to the woods to pray and ask God which denomination was true. Joseph wrote:

 When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

Joseph received an answer to his prayer. If God can come down and answer the prayer of a fourteen year old boy, how can he not answer yours?

Sure, chances are you won’t have a vision like the Prophet Joseph Smith. But you will get an answer. We are all different, so the answers to prayers come differently to all of us, but we have to listen closely and when the answer does come, we’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt what God’s answer for us is.

You may have doubts, or you may not even believe. You may think all this is foolish, but you still have questions that need to be answered. So why not try? If all this is foolishness, if you do try, you would have lost nothing but five minutes. But if it is true, there is so much waiting for you! So try it.

Just pray.



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