Often we reflect on the innumerable blessings that have come to us and can’t wait until we can just be alone and express thanks, without any particular thought of further requests. Download and print this scripture, "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you. As the Restoration moved forward, revelation after revelation came forth as questions were asked in sincere prayer. “For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy” (Mosiah 3:3–4). He is real. Now that word 'draw' is the same word 'draw' that we find in the book of James - 'Draw near to God and He will draw near to you'. Almost immediately after checkout, you will receive an email with a download link. ( B ) Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and ( C ) purify your hearts, ( D ) you double-minded. Art thou greater than he?” (D&C 122:7–8). … Let us never forget to pray. As Abraham was about to be sacrificed to false gods, deliverance didn’t come until he called upon the Lord for divine help: “And as they lifted up their hands upon me, that they might offer me up and take away my life, behold, I lifted up my voice unto the Lord my God, and the Lord hearkened and heard, and he filled me with the vision of the Almighty, and the angel of his presence stood by me, and immediately unloosed my bands; “And his voice was unto me: Abraham, Abraham, behold, my name is Jehovah, and I have heard thee, and have come down to deliver thee” (Abr. What do the examples of such leaders as Abraham, King Benjamin, and the Prophet Joseph Smith teach us about prayer? He had been there before in prayer. While visiting the inhabitants of ancient America, the Savior instructed, “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed” (3 Ne. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. Jesus talks about that drawing in the respect of salvation. On one occasion in the Americas, we find the resurrected Savior surrounded by little children who were encircled by a multitude of faithful Saints on bended knee. My 8th General Conference Activity is ready for you to download and enjoy! “And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. I strive each day to draw nearer to my Savior. “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (D&C 88:63). October 2020 General Conference Activity Packet. 8 (A)Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. After a night of worry and restlessness, he arose at daylight and repaired to a cave on the shore of the North Sea. but where are the nine? D&C 88:63." ! I thought, Is it not so with us and the Lord? 2 Chr. “And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. The Restoration of the gospel in our present dispensation was not initiated until the Prophet Joseph Smith sought answers through solemn, personal prayer. He did all in his power to set a righteous example; and the Lord not only heard his sincere prayers but also sent an angel, who said: “Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Turn to John 12, John 12:32, and again He uses the same word: 'And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me' - the same word. This is a FREE download. “And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole” (Luke 17:12–19). Hence every prayer should be offered to our Heavenly Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. Clare Middlemiss [1967], 25). 6:8). ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition--Imitation leather with summer garden design, ESV Study Bible, Large Print, TruTone, Mahogany with Trellis Design, ESV Holy Bible for Kids, Softcover Economy Edition, ESV Student Study Bible, TruTone, Navy Blue, ESV My Creative Bible for Girls, Hardcover, Purple Glitter. Our natural tendency as we come to know and love the Lord is a desire to express gratitude for these abundant blessings. Posted on the @LDSMaeserArt Instagram account on 4/17/2016. Most Ensign articles can be used for family home evening discussions. As children of God, we are dependent upon Him for all that we have, even the very breath we take (see Mosiah 2:21). “At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. 1:3; Mal. President David O. McKay reminded us of the importance of communication with our Heavenly Father, even while we are being seriously challenged. “While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: 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. From his own account we read: “In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? …. As the Prophet Joseph Smith languished in the Liberty Jail amidst bitterness and persecution, he asked the Lord, Why? They come to you probably when you are facing a great trial, when a wall is across your pathway, and it seems that you are facing an insurmountable obstacle, or when your heart is heavy because of some tragedy in your life. James beckons us to draw near to God just as the priests in the Old Testament would draw near to God in the temple sanctuary. I wanted to say, “Little bug, if you will change your direction and go 25 degrees to the left, you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble.” But of course he continued his path and ran head-on into the obstacle. The following questions are for that purpose or for personal reflection: What does the Savior’s example teach us about to whom, how, and why we pray? I at length came to the determination to ‘ask of God,’ concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture” (JS—H 1:10–11, 13). Like us, Jesus Christ, our exemplar and advocate with the Father, was born into this earth life and faced with uncertainties, challenges, and temptations. He said: “Great events have happened in this Church because of such communion, because of the responsiveness of the soul to the inspiration of the Almighty. God lives. (B)Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and (C)purify your hearts, (D)you double-minded. Some days are easier then others, but it is a constant, consistent effort. With our prayers we need to indicate, “Thy will be done,” and truly mean it. Praying is not only a commandment but also one of the greatest of all privileges given to the sons and daughters of God. The Lord is not pleased when we fail to express gratitude. He clearly taught that we are to pray to our Heavenly Father. “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” . Read full chapter Obviously the Lord knew that both Joseph and the Church would be stronger because of the challenges both were called upon to endure. It would seem awkward and lacking in respect to ask for more if we have failed to thank the Lord for blessings already received. The Savior taught us by both word and example that we don’t have to be alone while in the unfamiliar surroundings of this mortal probation. You will find that when these most inspirational moments come to you, you are alone with yourself and your God. Children of God have many reasons to pray to their Heavenly Father. A few years ago I was observing a bug as it moved across the floor. Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? Powered by Shopify, Quote: Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you. Posted on the @LDSMaeserArt Instagram … The answer came: ‘Testify that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God!’ The cause of his discouragement flashing upon his mind, he said aloud: ‘Lord, it is enough!’” (Man May Know for Himself: Teachings of President David O. McKay, comp. Both personal revelation and revelation for the benefit of mankind come as answers are sought through sincere prayer. It is just such experience as that which came to my father in the north of Scotland when he prayed to God to remove from him the spirit of gloom and despondency that overwhelmed him. I know it is real. He probably wasn’t referring so much to his physical situation, which was deplorable, as he was to the fact that his family and his people were scattered in the wilderness and that the wonderful cause of Zion seemed to be stalemated. The original post on Instagram can be found by clicking here. Writing to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul instructed, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col. 3:17). Isaiah 66:22-23 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, Praying is not only a commandment but also one of the greatest of all privileges given to the sons and daughters of God. There is great security in knowing that we can communicate with our Heavenly Father and that He will hear our sincere prayers. Paul said to the Saints at Thessalonica: “Pray without ceasing. Our Heavenly Father loves us and has a much greater vision than we do regarding those things that will give us eternal happiness. The Lighthouse of the Lord: A Message to the Youth of the Church, “Draw Near unto Me”: The Privilege and Power of Prayer, Encouraging Parents to Teach Their Children, First Presidency Christmas Devotional: “My Redeemer Lives”, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, and James E. Faust, New Drama Inaugurates Conference Center Theater, Additional Christmas Features Adorn Temple Square, New Four-Year Programs Part of Transition at Ricks College, Church Distribution Materials Available On-line, “‘Draw Near unto Me’: The Privilege and Power of Prayer,” Ensign, Feb. 2001, 19. This good man’s faith, desire for the welfare of his people, and personal worthiness were rewarded as his people took upon themselves the name of Christ and were blessed with peace and prosperity. Some days are easier then others, but it is a constant, consistent effort. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thes. How can we more effectively respond to the divine invitation, “Draw near unto me”? Is His vantage point not higher and greater than our own? I strive each day to draw nearer to my Savior. In answer to the Prophet’s prayer the Lord said, “Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments” (D&C 59:21). President Gordon B. Hinckley stated: “Of all the great and wonderful and inspiring promises I have read, the most reassuring to me are the words of the Savior: ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.’ (Matt. Jesus Christ set the example regarding how to pray as well as unto whom we should pray. King Benjamin, the great Book of Mormon prophet-king, is an example of a righteous man who wanted to teach his people how to live in such a way as to ultimately receive the blessings of eternal life. 15:2; Lam. Jesus Christ set the example regarding how to pray as well as unto whom we should pray. He clearly taught that we are to pray to our Heavenly Father. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

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