Daily Messages

Words for You to Ponder Today


Prayer

  • "The reason our Heavenly Father asks us to pray cannot be that we are able to tell Him something He does not already know. Rather, the reason He asks us to pray is that the process of learning to communicate effectively with Him will shape and change our lives as much as we are changed by learning to communicate as children."

    —David E. Sorensen, "Prayer", Ensign, May 1993
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  • "While the blessings we ask for and receive through prayer are undeniably magnificent, the greatest blessing and benefit is not the physical or spiritual blessings that may come as answers to our prayers but in the changes to our soul that come as we learn to be dependent on our Heavenly Father for strength."

    —David E. Sorensen, "Prayer", Ensign, May 1993
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  • "Pray even when you have no desire to pray. Sometimes, like a child, you may misbehave and feel you cannot approach your Father with a problem. That is when you most need to pray. Never feel you are too unworthy to pray."

    —Richard G. Scott, "Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer"
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  • "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you."

    Doctrine and Covenants 88:63-64
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  • "I have had countless prayers answered. Not a day has gone by that I have not communicated with my Father in Heaven through prayer. It is a relationship I cherish—one I would literally be lost without. If you do not now have such a relationship with your Father in Heaven, I urge you to work toward that goal. As you do so, you will be entitled to His inspiration and guidance in your life."

    —Thomas S. Monson, "Stand in Holy Places", Ensign, November 2011
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  • "The object of our prayers should not be to present a wish list or a series of requests but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is eager to bestow, according to His will and timing. Every sincere prayer is heard and answered by our Heavenly Father, but the answers we receive may not be what we expect or come to us when we want or in the way we anticipate."

    —David A. Bednar, "Ask in Faith"
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  • "He 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."

    —Richard G. Scott, "Questions and Answers", New Era, July 2010
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  • "The object of our prayers should not be to present a wish list or a series of requests but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is eager to bestow, according to His will and timing. Every sincere prayer is heard and answered by our Heavenly Father, but the answers we receive may not be what we expect or come to us when we want or in the way we anticipate."

    —David A. Bednar, "Ask in Faith"
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  • "We should pray in accord with the will of our Heavenly Father. He wants to test us, to strengthen us, and to help us achieve our full potential."

    —Russell M. Nelson, "Sweet Power of Prayer"
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  • "Sincere desires offered in a spirit of gratitude for abundant blessings and gratitude for the lessons of life instill in our hearts steadfast faith in Christ. . . . Prayer is a gift from God. We need never feel lost or alone."

    —Carol F. McConkie, "The Soul's Sincere Desire", Ensign, November 2016
    Topics: Prayer, Gratitude