Chapter 8: Talking to Heavenly Father

"Chapter 8: Talking to Heavenly Father," Part Three: Communicating with God, ()


Our Father in Heaven loves us very much. He has made a way for us to talk with Him whenever we want to. How can we talk with our Father in Heaven?

We Can Talk to Our Father in Heaven

Talking to our Father in Heaven is called prayer. Even though our Father in Heaven lives in heaven, we can talk to Him, and He hears us. He wants to help us. He has asked us to talk to Him. When we talk to Him, He will help us do the things that are good for us to do.

We can tell our Father in Heaven the things we think about. We can tell Him we love Him. We can tell Him we are grateful for the things He has given us. We can ask Him to help us.

We can talk to our Father in Heaven whenever we need to talk to Him. We should talk to Him when we are alone. When we are alone we can talk to Him about our personal feelings and problems. We should talk with Him at least every morning and every night.

We should also talk to Him together with our family. We can do this every morning and night. We can also do this before each meal when we thank Him for our food.

Our Father in Heaven will never stop wanting us to talk to Him. He will always love us and want to help us. Even when we do wrong things, He still loves us. He will listen to us and help us.

Discussion

  • Why should we talk to our Father in Heaven?

  • When should we talk to Him?

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us How to Talk with Him

When we pray, we should tell our Father in Heaven the things we really feel and need. We should not say the same words every time we talk to Him. We do not need to chant or shout.

He has told us the way to talk to Him. We should speak directly to Him, saying: “Our Father in Heaven,” or similar words. We should speak to Him with love and respect.

Next, we should thank Him for the things He has done for us.

These are some of the things for which we should thank Him:

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    We should thank Him for the beautiful earth and for our food, clothing, and other possessions.

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    We should thank Him for His teachings and for our ability to learn more about Him.

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    We should thank Him for our family and friends, our good health, and our job.

We then ask Him for the things that we need. These are some of the things for which we might want to ask Him:

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    We can ask Him to help us know which things are true and which things are not true.

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    We can ask Him to protect us and our family and neighbors.

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    We can ask Him to help us to do the things He wants us to do.

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    We can ask Him to help us to choose to do right things.

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    We can ask Him to help us to repent of our sins.

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    We can ask Him to help us to obtain enough food for the day.

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    We can ask Him to help us to solve our problems.

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    We can ask Him to help our family or friends to solve any problems that they have.

We should end our prayer by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” This helps us to remember that Jesus is our Savior. Jesus works under the direction of our Father in Heaven to help us with all the things we need. We should speak Jesus’ name with respect.

Discussion

  • When we talk to our Father in Heaven, how do we begin?

  • What are some of the things for which we can thank Him?

  • What are some of the things for which we can ask?

  • What do we say when we have finished talking with our Father in Heaven?

Our Father in Heaven Always Answers Us

We can be sure our Father in Heaven listens to us. He knows the things that are best for us to have. He is always ready to help us.

Often our Father in Heaven sends an answer through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost helps us understand the things we need to know and do. Sometimes the Holy Ghost prompts another person to help us.

We should be willing to accept the answers our Father in Heaven gives us. He may not give us the things for which we ask. He may not answer us in the way we expect. But He knows what is good for us.

Discussion

  • How does our Father in Heaven answer us?

  • Why does He not always give us the things for which we ask?

We Become Better People by Praying

We may not know the right things to do. We may be afraid. We may not know how to solve our problems. We may not know which things are true and which things are not true. We may know the right things to do but not be strong enough to do them.

When we talk to our Father in Heaven often, He helps us with our problems. He helps us know and do the right things. When we know and do the right things, we become better people. We become more like our Father in Heaven.

Discussion

  • How do we become better people by talking to our Father in Heaven?

References

We Can Talk to Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us How to Talk with Him

  • Matthew 6:6–13 (We are told how we should pray.)

  • James 1:5 (We can talk to our Father in Heaven about many things.)

  • Alma 34:17–27 (Here are some of the things about which we should pray to our Father in Heaven.)

  • 3 Nephi 19:6, 24 (Jesus teaches us how to talk to our Father in Heaven.)

Our Father in Heaven Always Answers Us

We Become Better People by Praying

  • Luke 22:40 (Pray for strength so you will not be tempted.)

  • James 5:15–16 (The prayers of those who are righteous cause many good things to happen.)