Matt and Mandy


Matt at school(click to view larger)

Illustrations by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

Matt, please come to the board and solve problem three.

Heavenly Father, please help me get this right.

Sorry, Matt. That’s wrong.

That night

I don’t understand, Dad. I said a prayer, but Heavenly Father didn’t help me with that math problem at all.

That’s too bad. Had you studied the chapter? Had you practiced the sample problems?

Um, well, no. But I prayed.

Isn’t asking Heavenly Father to give you the answer when you haven’t studied kind of like asking Him to do the work for you?

I never thought of it that way.

Dad, I really do need help with math. Do you think Heavenly Father would help me if I pray about it?

Of course He would, and so will I. And next time there’s a quiz, you can ask Him to help you remember what you’ve studied.