How would it feel if we could hear the Savior pray for us? As we improve our personal prayers, we can experience what that might feel like.
I walked inside, exhausted. Why do I even go on dates if I always come back so drained? Maybe I’m alone in this feeling, but sometimes, especially after first dates, I feel like the guy and I have spent a lot of time talking at each other instead of to each other. I sat on the couch and started thinking about the date. As I sat wondering why the communication was so jerky, my thoughts (oddly enough) turned to prayer. Sometimes when I pray, I feel like I’m talking at Heavenly Father instead of to Heavenly Father. I want my prayers to be sincere, but I often don’t know how to change the at phenomenon.
In the talk “Pray Always,” Elder David A. Bednar addresses this issue. According to Elder Bednar, “Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all our doings . . . as we express heartfelt gratitude . . . [and] as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart.” Elder Bednar continues, “The Savior is the perfect example of praying for others with real intent. In his great Intercessory Prayer uttered on the night before his Crucifixion, Jesus prayed for his Apostles and all of the Saints.”
As I listened to Elder Bednar’s words after my date, I realized that I wasn’t following the steps he’d outlined. I realize there’s no magic formula, but there are things I can do to make my prayers more meaningful. Listening to this talk left me wondering: How would I feel if I could hear the Savior praying for me? Would it sound like he’s talking at Heavenly Father or to him?
Praying doesn’t have to feel like a long, absentminded conversation on a first date. As we strive to make prayer more meaningful and think about Christ’s example of how to pray, we can begin a natural, easy conversation with God.
—Elizabeth Gallacher, Latter-day Saint Insights
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Find more insights
Read “Watch Ye Therefore, and Pray Always,” by President M. Russell Ballard, to learn more about continually communicating with the Lord.
Take a look at President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “We Never Walk Alone” to better understand how our Father in Heaven and our Savior are always helping us.