“Because I Pray for You”

By Elder Glen L. Rudd

of the Second Quorum of the Seventy

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    Strengthen your brethren in all your conversation, in all your prayers (D&C 108:7).

    One morning a good many years ago, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve came to my office and told me of a beautiful, touching experience that had happened to him that day. He had gone to the old Deseret Gym to enjoy the steam bath. As he sat there in the heavy steam, he heard the door open. He looked up to see who was entering. He couldn’t see anyone, but he had a feeling that someone else was there in the room with him. After a few minutes, he saw a young Primary-age boy seated two or three feet away. The boy gradually slid closer to the Apostle, and they finally said hello to each other. Then the boy moved even closer until he could look up into the face of the Church leader. The boy said, “Mister, I think that I know who you are.” The Apostle said, “Who am I?” The boy said, “I think that you’re one of the Apostles of the Church. I think you’re the one who travels all over the ocean on big boats and little boats and all kinds of airplanes—and you’re the one who never gets sick or hurt in any wrecks.”

    The Apostle acknowledged that he was the one who was having those great experiences. The boy then said to him, “Do you know why it is that you don’t ever get killed or get hurt?” The Apostle said, “No, why is that?” The boy said, “Because I pray for you.”

    What a lovely and simple expression of faith! There is far more power in simple prayer than many of us think possible. I am convinced that the Lord hears the prayers of all people. Nothing is more wonderful than for parents to gather their children around them to enjoy the special, tender moments of communing with our Heavenly Father in family prayer. May the Lord bless us and help us to serve Him with simple prayer so that we may enjoy the strength, power, and beauty that come from living the gospel.

    Illustrated by Larry Winborg