Prayer

Yes, this is a very old video, BUT it's message still rings true. The reason I pray is because I know that my redeemer lives. That he hears me and I'm not speaking to myself. Prayer is such an incredible gift! I can converse with the creators of worlds? It seems surreal which may be why it can be a challenge to pray sometimes. Knowing someone is always there when I need him is enough to make this life bearable. I honestly don't know what I'd do without prayer. It has gotten me through so much and helped me solve so many problems. The strongest I feel is when I'm kneeling on my knees.




"There is great power in prayer. I strongly encourage personal and family prayer, which are important in building strong families. . . . I'm wondering if many of you parents, you couples, have lost that essential moment of kneeling together at the end of the day, just the two of you, holding hands and saying your prayers. If that has slipped away from your daily routine, may I suggest you put it back—beginning tonight!"
M. Russell Ballard, "The Sacred Responsibilities of Parenthood," Ensign, Mar. 2006, 33

"We are commanded to 'pray always' (2 Nephi 32:9; D&C 10:5; 90:24)—'vocally as well as in [our] heart[s]; . . . before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private' (D&C 19:28). I testify that prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings, as we express heartfelt gratitude, and as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart. "I witness Heavenly Father lives and that He hears and answers every earnest prayer."
David A. Bednar, "Pray Always," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 44


"He [the Lord] will always hear your prayers and will invariably answer them. However, His answers will seldom come while you are on your knees praying, even when you may plead for an immediate response. Rather, He will prompt you in quiet moments when the Spirit can most effectively touch your mind and heart. Hence, you should find periods of quiet time to recognize when you are being instructed and strengthened."
Richard G. Scott, "Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer," Ensign, May 2007, 9
"With the influences of evil that surround our children, can we even imagine sending them out in the morning without kneeling and humbly asking together for the Lord's protection? Or closing the day without kneeling together and acknowledging our accountability before Him and our thankfulness for His blessings? Brothers and sisters, we need to have family prayer."
Neil L. Andersen, "Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets," Ensign, Nov. 1999, 17
"Recognize that there is a power greater than ours, that no matter how good a man is, he is not good enough, that no matter how wise he is, he is not wise enough, that no matter how strong he is, he is not strong enough for all of the things which he will face in life, and that there is a source of power to which he can go with the assurance that he will be listened to and that there will be a response."
Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Message: Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field," New Era, Mar. 
"A key to improved prayer is to learn to ask the right questions. Consider changing from asking for the things you want to honestly seeking what He wants for you. Then as you learn His will, pray that you will be led to have the strength to fulfill it."
Richard G. Scott, "Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer," Ensign, May 2007, 8
"When we teach those we love that we are spirit children temporarily away from a loving Heavenly Father, we open the door of prayer to them. . . .
"I can promise you that no joy will exceed what you would feel if a child of yours prays in the hour of need and receives . . . an answer."
Henry B. Eyring, "Write upon My Heart," Ensign, Nov. 2000, 86–87
“Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil. And I have learned to conclude all my prayers with ‘Thy will be done’ (Matthew 6:10; see also Luke 11:2; 3 Nephi 13:10).”
Boyd K. Packer, “Prayer and Promptings,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 46
“Access to our Creator through our Savior is surely one of the great privileges and blessings of our lives. I have learned from countless personal experiences that great is the power of prayer. No earthly authority can separate us from direct access to our Creator. There can never be a mechanical or electronic failure when we pray. There is no limit on the number of times or how long we can pray each day. There is no quota of how many needs we wish to pray for in each prayer. We do not need to go through secretaries or make an appointment to reach the throne of grace. He is reachable at any time and any place.”
James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,” Ensign, May 2002, 5
“He [Heavenly Father] is our perfect Father. He loves us beyond our capacity to understand. He knows what is best for us. He sees the end from the beginning. He wants us to act to gain needed experience:
“When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence.
“When He answers no, it is to prevent error.
“When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth.”
Richard G. Scott, “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 30