Sunday, September 19, 2010

Prayer and Revelation

Elder Rex D. Pinegar:
“The peace God speaks to our minds will let us know when decisions we have made are right, when our course is true. It can come as personal inspiration and guidance to assist us in our daily life—in our homes, in our work. It can provide us with courage and hope to meet the challenges of life. The miracle of prayer, to me, is that in the private, quiet chambers of our minds and hearts, God both hears and answers prayers” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 82; or Ensign, May 1993, 66–67 ).

Elder Gene R. Cook:

“Over the years the prophets have taught that at least twice a day, morning and evening, we should find a private place, kneel down, and pour out our hearts to our Father in Heaven. Then, throughout the day, we can do our best to keep a prayer in our hearts. As we do, if our hearts are right, we will find that our prayers have increased power and focus, and we’ll discover that we’re in a better position to receive answers” ( Receiving Answers to Our Prayers [1996], 46; see also Alma 37:37 ).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie:

“Every devoted, obedient, and righteous person on earth has and does receive revelation from God. Revelation is the natural inheritance of all the faithful. ‘No man can receive the Holy Ghost,’ the Prophet [Joseph Smith] said, ‘without receiving revelations. The Holy Ghost is a revelator’ [ Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 328]” ( Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], 644).

President Boyd K. Packer:

“Prayer is so essential a part of revelation that without it the veil may remain closed to you. Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 76; or Ensign, Nov. 1994, 59 ; see also D&C 8:1, 9–11 ; 9:7–8 ).

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