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What the Book of Mormon Teaches about Prayer

By Mormon.org
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God loves His children, and He wants to communicate with us through prayer. The Book of Mormon, a book of holy scripture that teaches about God’s dealings with the people of the ancient Americas, answers the questions of how we should pray, what we should pray for, and what blessings God gives us when we pray.

1. How should we pray?

When Jesus Christ visited the people in the ancient Americas, He taught them how to pray. He taught, “Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name. And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you” (3 Nephi 18:19–20). We pray to Heavenly Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, with faith that He will answer. As we ask sincerely, God blesses us with our righteous desires, according to His will. Christ teaches that we should pray “always”—anywhere, anytime.

2. What should we pray for?

Our Heavenly Father cares about every aspect of our lives, big or small. Amulek, a faithful missionary in the Book of Mormon, taught the people to pray to God for mercy (see Alma 34:18), for deliverance from their enemies (see Alma 34:22), for their crops to be successful (see Alma 34:24), and for their own welfare and the welfare of those around them (see Alma 34:27). Similarly, we can pray for assistance with school or work, patience with a child, help paying off debt, forgiveness for sins, or for anything else that we need.

3. What blessings come from God when we pray?

When we pray to our Heavenly Father, He can offer us strength, hope, and assurance. In the book of Mosiah (found in the Book of Mormon), righteous people were enslaved by wicked men who forced them to carry heavy loads. The people “[cried] unto the Lord” (Mosiah 23:28), and they were then blessed with spiritual as well as physical strength. Their burdens were made light so “they could bear [them] up . . . with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (Mosiah 24:15). In a similar manner, God strengthens us through prayer to carry our own burdens and assures us that He will fulfill His promises.

We can also find answers to our questions through prayer. Spiritual knowledge—like knowing if God lives or if the Book of Mormon is true—can come only through sincerely praying to our Heavenly Father. Moroni, the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon, invites everyone to “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart . . . he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4).

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