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What Mormons Believe about Prayer

By Mormon.org
Girl praying: Helaman 3:27

Prayer Is Communication

Mormons believe that prayer is more than meditation. It is even more than sending thoughts heavenward. Prayer is a two-way communication with a loving Heavenly Father where we can share feelings, desires, and concerns and listen for counsel from on high. Prayers have always been a part of meaningful worship, and they shrink the gap between the earthly and the divine. The scriptures are filled with accounts of faithful men and women turning to God in prayer for answers and blessings.

Watch as this video depicts the Savior’s teachings on prayer.

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Whether you are new to prayer or have been offering prayers for a lifetime, consider these five elements the next time you pray.

How to Begin

To begin a prayer, address Heavenly Father directly. We are His children, and as we acknowledge that relationship in prayer, we draw nearer to Him and understand our divine potential. Watch as people from around the world remind us that we are all children of God.

Give Thanks

As part of your prayer, give thanks for all the blessings you have received from God. The scriptures teach, “And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things” (D&C 59:21). Having trouble remembering your blessings? Try this little exercise and see how easy it is to come up with a long list right now.

  • List all the people who bless your life.
  • List your material comforts.
  • List the trials that have strengthened you. List opportunities that have blessed your life.
  • List truths that guide your life.
  • List miracles you have witnessed. List the lessons you’ve learned.
  • List the good things that have happened today.

With a little thought, you might fill an entire prayer with gratitude for all that God has blessed you with in your life.

Ask for Forgiveness

Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each prayer you offer can be filled with a new beginning if you repent of your mistakes and sins and seek forgiveness. The Lord is anxious to forgive us if we come to Him in humility and confess and forsake our imperfections. And through the Atonement, we can not only be forgiven each day through heartfelt prayer, but we can also be strengthened to do better going forward.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson shares his feelings about the Savior’s willingness to forgive when we repent through prayer.

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Seek Blessings

We can seek needed blessings, help, insight, and protection through prayer. The scriptures teach that we can pray anywhere, at any time, and for anything (see Alma 34:17–28). God always hears our prayers and answers them according to His wisdom and our faith. Sometimes the answers come immediately and in the manner we expect. Sometimes they take more time and differ from our expectations. But we can trust that God hears and answers every prayer because He loves us.

Closing Our Prayers

We close our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ. He is our Advocate with the Father and stands willing to intercede on our behalf because He knows us, loves us, and wants us to succeed. As we pray in His name, we remember Him and all He has done for us that we might strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Would you like to learn more about prayer and how it can bless your life today? We invite you to chat with a Mormon online and find out how.