I was studying prayer this last week. It’s funny how we pray sometimes. We sometimes give a ‘wish list’ to God and kinda treat him like a servant or slave? In essence, we pray like this: “Heavenly Father, here is my wish list with a bunch of stuff I want you to do, please…Amen.” But is that really what prayer is about?
Some of us picture God as a giant pinata in the sky full of blessings; our stick is our faith and prayer and the ‘candies’ are His blessings – and the more we ask, the more likely He is to open up and send down ‘candies’ (blessings) from heaven.
President Uchtdorf said, “Some imagine that God has all of His blessings locked in a huge cloud up in heaven, refusing to give them to us unless we comply with some strict, paternalistic requirements He has set up. But in reality, Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us. It is our doubt that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us. We should close the umbrella so we can receive the shower of heavenly blessings.”
I love what Alma counseled his son Helaman: “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good” (Alma 37:36–37). As we seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost, we will know what to include in our prayers (Romans 8:26; 2 Nephi 32:8; 3 Nephi 19:9, 24). He can help us pray “according to the will of God” (D&C 46:30). As we make a habit of approaching God in prayer and seeking to simply align our mind and will with His, we will come to know Him and draw ever nearer to Him. Our desires will become more like His.
Spending more time while praying trying to align with God and less time asking for favors will change prayer!
Here’s the invitation: As you pray this week, before you begin your prayer, spend a few minutes to ponder on His will. Set down your ‘stick’ of faith and simply seek to know His will and His desires for your life; as you begin your prayer, simply enjoy your time with Him during your prayer, focusing less on asking and more on aligning.