Prayer

Once you know that you have a Heaven Father, that He is literally the father of your Spirit, and that he loves you as his child (more than any earthly parent ever could), talking to him should come naturally.

We talk to Heaven Father though prayer. Although we talk to him with words (and he could certainly answer back with words), he answers our prayers in a different way. He reveals his answers to us. We receive revelation:

It was never our Heavenly Father’s intention that we would come down to earth, live out our lives, and return without ever knowing why we came to earth in the first place. There was plan made for you. An individualized curriculum of learning tailor-made just for you.

  • We would be tested to see whether would seek to know God, Our Eternal, Heavenly Father, and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, which he sent to carry-out the Atonement.
  • We would be tested to see whether we would be faithful in keeping His commandments and live them faithfully throughout our lives.

Your life has a purpose. You have a mission to fulfill. If you want, you CAN find-out what that mission is. You don’t have to live-out your life never knowing…. You CAN touch lives and make a difference in this world if you decide to take a leap of faith.

The first step in coming to know Him is to pray to Him. These are the steps to pray. You must use your own words. They must be sincere and heartfelt. I cannot tell you what to say. This is the basic pattern for prayer:

  • Address your Heavenly Father
    • Say “Dear Heavenly Father”, “My Father in Heaven”, etc.
  • Express gratitude for your blessings.
  • Tell your Father in Heaven about your needs, wants, desires, and the pains of your heart. Ask Him for answers to questions you have. Ask Him for help. Ask Him for forgiveness of the things you have done wrong. Ask Him for help and strength not to repeat the bad things that you’ve done previously.
  • Listen for answers (This will be discussed in a future post).
  • Close your prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.
    • When you’re ready to end your prayer, say “I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

If you have never prayed before, I invite you to do so now. Pray in the morning when you first wake-up. Pray a silent prayer at mealtime if your not alone. Pray at night on your knees before you get into bed.

Don’t pray with “vain repetitions”–without sincerity or
without thought (constantly repeating the same words over-and-over). It’s OK to say the same things–as long as it is heartfelt.

Make it sincere. Pray with intent. Pray with purpose. Think about what you are going to say before you pray. If your doctor were to tell you that you had 24 hrs left to live, how might the tone of your prayers be different?

Prayer is the first step that is going to remarkably change your life. Please, please, please, make it a part of your daily routine. Be persistent: It takes time to recognize answers. Don’t stop praying if answers don’t come the way that you expect them to (I’ll discuss receiving answers to prayers in in another post.).

If you are consistent and your prayers are sincere, He will answer them. That is His promise.

Commandments

Where there is a law, there must be a punishment. If there were no punishment, would anyone ever be afraid to break the law?

There are laws in heaven as well as on earth. To return and live in heaven, we must follow the laws of heaven.

God is good. God is just. Gods decrees commandments. His commandments are law.

God’s commandments are for OUR benefit. He gives commandments because he loves us.

Following his commandments bring blessings. Disobeying his commandment bring sorrow. Our Heavenly Father does not will sorrow for us. He loves us. However, sorrow is a natural consequence of us choosing to disobey.

God gave us the freedom to choose. He does not (and will not) compel us to be good. It is our choice.

A Savior

Jesus Christ was the first Spirit Child of our Heavenly Father. He loved Heavenly Father and he loved us. Although he was already perfect, he volunteered to come to earth and be our Savior–to make possible for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father again.

To live with our Heavenly Father again, we needed to overcome two obstacles: Sin and Death. We needed to be resurrected after we had died. We also needed a way to repent–so we could be cleansed from the sins that we would commit in this life.

Jesus Christ was chosen by our Heavenly Father to be our Savior. His mission was to…

  1. Live a perfect life, without sin.
  2. Provide a perfect example for us (obey all the commandments of God).
  3. Pay the price of all our sins.
  4. Conquer death so that someday we will all be resurrected.

Because Jesus accomplished the Atonement, we can live with God again.

Jesus was different from you and I. His earthly father was Heavenly Father. His mother was Mary. Because of his unique parentage, he had a mortal mother from which he inherited the ability to die. However, our Heavenly Father, also gave him power over death.

Because Jesus had power over life and death, we have all been promised the gift of being resurrected someday. This is a free gift to all God’s children. We will all live again someday after we have died.

You will live again after you have died. Your parents will live again. Your grandparents will live again. Your children, if they have preceded you in death, will live again. Everyone you have ever known or will know in this life will be resurrected someday.

When you are resurrected your Spirit, which is inside your body, which gives you consciousness, which allows you to think and move, will be reunited with a perfect body–never to be separated again. You will be recognizable to everyone you know now. Your resurrected body will be perfect–without any flaw. Not a hair of your head will be lost.

The gift of the resurrection comes to all–regardless of how good or bad one has lived in this life. This is a gift from God to everyone. However, living eternally is not the same as Eternal Life.

Eternal Life is living eternally with God, Our Heaven Father. Whether you receive Eternal Life (or not) is based upon your individual righteousness.

Jesus accomplished the Atonement. He suffered for our sins. In agony, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He bled from every pore. Only he had the capability to endure the weight of the sins of the whole world. He took upon himself all the sin and pain that we would ever face in his life.

Whatever suffering you’ve been though, whatever pain you have ever felt, whatever heartbreak or sorrow you have ever felt in this life, our Savior Jesus Christ EXPERIENCED IT. Yes, that right. He experienced YOUR personal sorrow, regret, and pain. He knows how to comfort you because HE LITERALLY EXPERIENCED ALL OF IT.

Only He can understand what you’ve gone through. Only He can truly empathize.

He suffered for my sins, for your sins, for everyone’s sins, so that we might be forgiven–if we repent.

Repentance is key though. We must repent when we sin and keep his commandments for the Atonement to make us clean again so we can return and live with God again. It is our choice. God will not compel us to repent. We must choose to change our own hearts.