I went to the specialist today to find out about my abscessed tooth. I prayed before I went in, that I would know if he was the right one to help me. I also prayed that he would be able to diagnosis me correctly. Then I prayed that I would have the courage to get another root canal, and last but not least, I prayed that my infection would not return.
Now I know that was a lot of praying you might say, but to be honest ...that was only one subject that I was praying about today. there were a whole lot more. I have always like the scripture in the book of Psalms 55:17-18 ...where we are told to pray in the evening, morning and noon. I like how it reminds how to pray for peace and help in our daily battles. Now that is exactly what I need every day!
I love how the Bible Dictionary explains what prayer is..." PRAYER IS THE ACT BY WHICH THE WILL OF THE FATHER AND THE WILL OF THE CHILD ARE BROUGHT INTO CORRESPONDENCE WITH EACH OTHER. THE OBJECT TO PRAYER IS NOT TO CHANGE THE WILL OF GOD, BUT TO SECURE FOR OURSELVES AND FOR OTHERS BLESSINGS THAT GOD IS ALREADY WILLING TO GRANT, BUT THAT ARE MADE CONDITIONAL ON OUR ASKING FOR THEM."
That is what prayer is to me, and how grateful I am for it!
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" ~Corrie Ten Boom
"...the strait and narrow path, though clearly marked, is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator. Indeed, there are times when the only way the strait and narrow path can be followed is on one's knees!"
--Neal A. Maxwell, "A Brother Offended," Ensign, May 1982
"No earthly authority can separate us from direct access to our Creator. There can never be a mechanical or electronic failure when we pray. There is no limit on the number of times or how long we can pray each day. There is no quota of how many needs we wish to pray for in each prayer. We do not need to go through secretaries or make an appointment to reach the throne of grace. He is reachable at any time and any place."
--James E. Faust, "The Lifeline of Prayer," Ensign, May 2002
"Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him. What a marvelous and wonderful thing is prayer. Think of it. We can actually speak with our Father in Heaven. He will hear and respond, but we need to listen to that response. Nothing is too serious and nothing too unimportant to share with Him."
--Gordon B. Hinckley "Stay on the High Road," Ensign, May 2004