mormon.org

How to Pray

How to pray and get answers from God

God is your loving Father in Heaven, and He wants to hear from you. You can reach out to Him by praying to Him. As His child, you can ask your Heavenly Father for help and guidance in your life.

Four steps to prayer

You can pray out loud or in your mind. You can speak to God like you would any other person. Your words do not have to be eloquent or memorized. It is more important to open your heart and not hold back. Believe that He is listening, because He is. Believe that He will help you, because He will.

Here are four steps to speaking with God.

1. Begin your prayer

Address God by saying, “Heavenly Father.”

2. Have a conversation with God

Speak from your heart and share your hopes and desires as well as your worries and problems. You can ask Him for help, direction, forgiveness, or healing. Whatever is on your mind, bring it to Him.  Remember that His wisdom and timing are greater than yours. You can ask Him what He wants for you.

Share your feelings with God about other people in your life. You can pray for their needs or ask for ways you can love and help them. Express appreciation to God for all the blessings in your life. Even challenges can be a blessing. This helps us feel humble, which keeps our hearts and minds more open to God's answers.

3. End your prayer

Conclude by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

4. Act on your righteous desires

There is wisdom in the phrase “Pray as if everything depends on the Lord, then work as if everything depends on you.” When we take action and make positive changes in our lives, we often get guidance and help from God.

Request Missionaries to Help You Pray

Receiving answers to prayers

If we believe that God will answer our prayers, we will receive those answers in time.

God communicates with us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can come to us in the form of good thoughts and ideas or as peaceful, comforting feelings. When we have good thoughts or feelings, it means that God is encouraging us, showing us truth, and giving us direction.

We all feel the Holy Spirit in our own way. Sometimes it’s described in the Bible as a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) that almost seems to whisper to your mind.

God often answers our prayers through other people. He can put people into our lives at the right time, and these people can be the answer we have been looking for. We can also receive answers to prayer by reading what God’s prophets have taught in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. When we pray and read these books, the Holy Spirit can give us ideas and direction. When we take time to study God’s words, we show Him that we truly want His help.

...

"I started feeling this urge to pray. I remember just instinctively kneeling and speaking out loud my prayer and receiving an answer." —Shaquille

...

"What an amazing blessing it is to have a strong connection with God through prayer that can actually guide me." —Erick

The Book of Mormon can help you find answers to your prayers

Order a free copy today
Please enter a value
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Côte d"Ivoire
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Phone number not properly formatted
Please enter a value
Country
Country
Please select a country
Please select a country Country
Please enter an address
Sorry, we couldn't find any addresses that would help you.
Please enter a city name
State
State
Please select a state
Please select a state State
Please enter a zip code

Address Verification

We were not able to find an address that matches your input. Please try making changes to it, or you can choose to keep it as it is and submit the form.
We couldn't find that exact address. Suggested address corrections are highlighted in red. Please choose one of the following.
We found a perfect match for your address. If that looks right to you, go ahead through the form!
Thank you. We'll be in touch.
We'll contact you within 24 hours for delivery.
Do you have any questions about the Book of Mormon or Bible now?

Next

Mormon.org is typing