Thursday, January 20, 2011

"With Real Intent"

I've been thinking a lot about prayer lately.  It's amazing that God wants to hear from us all the time.  He really is our Father and we really are His children.  He loves us as any father loves his children.  When we pray to God, He listens.  One problem that a lot of people (including myself) struggle with is getting too casual in their prayers.  Sometimes, I catch myself using "vain repetitions, as the heathen" (3 Nephi 13:7).  One way we can avoid this is to pray "with real intent" (Moroni 10:4).  When we have "real intent" in our prayers we really mean what we say.  We really want the blessings for which we are asking.  We really need to talk with our Heavenly Father.  And we Really Intend to act on the answers we receive. 

If we come unto God "with real intent" and actually put thought into our prayers He will bless us.  Christ has given us this promise: "And Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, beleiving that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you" (3 Nephi 18:20 emphasis added).  I know that this is true.  God has answered countless prayers of mine and He is willing to bless all of His children.

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