08 April 2011

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And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, …but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake: but the LORD was not in the earthquake:And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11, 12

I think this is one of the most poetic scriptures in the Old Testament.

How can we claim that we don’t receive answers to our prayers, when our Father in Heaven is just waiting to have communication with us?

I just had a conversation with a person that claims the Lord doesn’t answer prayers, this person affirms that the heavens are closed. So I asked how the prayers are directed: is there only ask, ask, ask, or is there something more? Is there a sense of love towards our Father, or do we just expect Him to give us what we want?

When the Lord speaks to us, it is in a soft and loving manner. I have prayed a few times, without much thinking about what I was saying. There have been times when I received an answer right away, but the answer was not at all what I was expecting. There are so many layers within an answer that comes from the Lord, that I’d like to share my insight with you:

a-      My Father knows me
b-       He listens to me
c-       He answers my prayers
d-      I am His daughter

Up until this personal experience, praying was a habit, and if I got an answer, was either through someone else, or as a tender mercy. There have been times when I felt I was away from the presence of my Father, and how lonely that felt. So I used repentance and the power of the Atonement to fix that little problem we were having, and restored our good relationship.

So, what do you say to someone who says they don’t get any answers? Just keep trying.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

We should trust the Lord that the Plan of Happiness is real, that the Atonement of Jesus Christ did happen and that there's a reason for us to be here.

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