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Celebrating International Day of Prayer

By Comeuntochrist.org
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Prayer is a bridge we build toward God, transcending our differences and turning our attention and intent toward the divine. There is an incredible power in joining together in humble supplication to God.

Ezra Taft Benson, a past prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in a talk entitled "Pray Always":

“[Prayer] has become an integral part of me—an anchor, a constant source of strength, and the basis of my knowledge of things divine. Though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity, is life’s greatest blessing.”

People of all faiths can share the gift of this simple, devotional act. Turning to God in meaningful and heartfelt prayer guides us in making moral choices and inviting peace into our lives. Praying with gratitude and a sincere purpose also increases our ability to receive inspiration and to truly love others.

Married couple knelt in prayer at their bed - Mormon.org - International Day of Prayer

Pray Daily

Every healthy relationship is built on regular, meaningful interaction. Prayer is the central way we can establish and strengthen our relationship with God every day. As we pray more often, our relationship with God will become deeper. Make an effort to pray every day.

Pray For Others

A common tendency of prayer is to focus on you--your needs and your wants. But prayer isn’t just about praying for ourselves. Each of us, in our own social sphere, know people who have needs. Pray for others and their needs in addition to yours. In doing so you will find your mind turning more often toward helping others.

Pray With Real Intent

Prayer isn't intended to be similar to making a fast food order. Remember who you are praying to and work to ensure your requests and thanksgiving are done in sincerity. When your heart is in it, your prayer will have greater meaning. 

How To Pray

Maybe you’re not sure how to pray. Don’t let that stop you. It’s easy. Simply start by addressing Heavenly Father. Next, ask for help for yourself and others. Share the thoughts of your mind and desires of your heart. When you are finished, end in the name of Jesus Christ, followed by amen.

On this International Day of Prayer, take the time to consider how every day can be one where prayer has a place in your life. Questions about prayer? Chat with a Mormon.