What the Church Teaches about Prayer


David A. Bednar, “Ask in Faith,” April 2008 general conference

Meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work.

Richard G. Scott, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” April 2007 general conference

Prayer is a supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul.

Thomas S. Monson, “Come unto Him in Prayer and Faith,” Liahona, Mar. 2009

One human resource officer assigned to handle petty grievances concluded an unusually hectic day by placing facetiously a little sign on his desk for those with unsolved problems. It read, “Have you tried prayer?” What he may not have realized was that this simple counsel would solve more problems, alleviate more suffering, prevent more transgression, and bring about greater peace and contentment in the human soul than could be obtained in any other way.

James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,” Liahona, July 2002

Each of us has problems that we cannot solve and weaknesses that we cannot conquer without reaching out through prayer to a higher source of strength.

Russell M. Nelson, “Lessons from the Lord’s Prayers,” April 2009 general conference

Our prayers follow patterns and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. He taught us how to pray.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Improving our Prayers,” Liahona, Aug. 2004

Do you feel that the time you spend in prayer enriches and uplifts your soul? Is there room for improvement?

Cheryl Esplin, “Our Family Will Be Strong,” Liahona, July 2009

You and your family members can help each other be strong by praying together.

Elaine S. Dalton, “He Knows You by Name,” Liahona, May 2005

You may not have heard the Lord call you by name, but He knows each one of you and He knows your name.

Russell M. Nelson, “Sweet Power of Prayer,” April 2003 general conference

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.