Sincere prayer helps us establish a personal relationship with God. Making prayer a daily practice can help us perfect that relationship—and it can help us perfect ourselves.
Whether we pray aloud or pray silently in our hearts in fleeting moments of need, prayer is a personal form of communication where we can speak directly with our Father in Heaven. He knows each of us by name and loves us. He hears our prayers and He answers them with wisdom, empathy, and compassion. Sometimes those answers come in very direct, concrete ways, but other times they come more subtly, through impressions, promptings, or feelings of peace. We can go to our Father with desperate questions, with humble confessions, or with gratitude; we can pray to better understand Him and His plan for us.
We pray to our Heavenly Father with love and respect, opening with a phrase like “Dear Heavenly Father” and closing with words such as “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” We can show reverence by praying with bowed heads, folded arms, and closed eyes.
We long to know our Heavenly Father and have a meaningful relationship with Him. We can build this relationship through prayer. This type of relationship requires sincere, sustained effort. To help build this relationship, we faithfully pray in the morning, by ourselves and also with family members when possible, charting a purposeful course for the day and asking for guidance and protection. At night we counsel earnestly with God, reflecting on the day’s events and creating a meaningful, personal connection. Consistent, sincere prayer helps us to grow spiritually, shape our character, and strengthen our love for our Father in Heaven.
Prayer is among the most valuable gifts we receive as spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father.