GPC8: Prayer, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 3: Communication between God and Man
Chapter 8: Praying to Our Heavenly Father
Comments and Resources

"Every Prayer is heard, and every sincere prayer is answered.  They who pray should be content to await the answer at the time and in the manner comporting with God's wisdom.  He knows what is for our good and bestows His blessings accordingly.  The testimony of untold millions that their prayers have been heard is a convincing testimony that God hears and answers prayers.

"A prayer is not complete unless gratitude for blessings received is expressed.  It is by the power of the Lord that we "live and move and have our being.  "This should be frankly stated grateful as we pray to our Father in heaven." (John A.  Widsoe, Evidence and reconciliations. 1:313.)

During the study of this topic, we will learn how to pray, how to make your prayers effective, and how the Lord answers prayers.

Resources:
Gospel Principles: Chapter 8 Praying to Our Heavenly Father

Scriptures:

1 Nephi 15:7-11
  "7 And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the olive-tree, and also concerning the Gentiles.
  8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
  9 And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.
  10 Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord?  How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
  11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?  If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you."

Enos 1:1-19
  "1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and blessed be the name of my God for it
  2 And I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins.
  3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
  4 And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
  5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
  6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.
  7 And I said: Lord, how is it done?
  8 And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen.  And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole.
  9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them.
  10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments.  I have given unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
  11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites.
  12 And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith. 
  13 And now behold, this was the desire which I desired of him that if it should so be, that my people, the Nephites, should fall into transgression, and by any means be destroyed, and the Lamanites should not be destroyed, that the Lord God would preserve a record of my people, the Nephites; even if it so be by the power of his holy arm, that it might be brought forth at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they might be brought unto salvation
  14 For at the present our strugglings were vain in restoring them to the true faith.  And they swore in their wrath that, if it were possible, they would destroy our records and us, and also all the traditions of our fathers.
  15 Wherefore, I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records, I cried unto him continually, for he had said unto me: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it.
  16 And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records; and he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time. 
  17 And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant which he had made; wherefore my soul did rest.
  18 And the Lord said unto me: Thy fathers have also required of me this thing; and it shall be done unto them according to their faith; for their faith was like unto thine. 
  19 And now it came to pass that I, Enos, went about among the people of Nephi, prophesying of things to come, and testifying of the things which I had heard and seen."


Alma 10:22-23
  "22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous, who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction; yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah, but it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword.
  23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared; now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you then will not the Lord stay his hand; but in his fierce anger he will come out against you; then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword; and the time is soon at hand except ye repent."


Alma 34:17-27
  "17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
  18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save. 
  19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
  20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
  21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
  22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
  23 Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
  24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
  25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase. 
  26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
  27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you."

Alma 37:35-37
  "35 O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.
  36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
  37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."


3 Nephi 13:5-17
  "5 And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites, for they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
  6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
  7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
  8 Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him.
  9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 
  10 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  11 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  12 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
  13 For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.
  14 For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
  15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
  16 Moreover, when ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast.  Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
  17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;"

Matthew 6:9-15
  "9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  10 Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.
  14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
  15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

John 17
"Jesus offers the great intercessory prayer He is glorified by gaining eternal life He prays for his apostles and all the saints How the Father and Son are one."

1 Timothy 2:1-4
  "1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
  2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."


Topical Guide:
                            God, Access to
                            Meditation, Meditate
                            Prayer, Pray
                            Ponder
                            Supplication

Bible Dictionary:
                                Prayer

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Prayer
                                             Amen
                                             Ask
                                             Ponder
                                             Worship

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 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.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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