And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.
Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
1 Nephi 15:8-11
Heavenly Father gives us our agency. Sometimes, if we don’t ask for things, we don’t receive them. It is good to ask questions and to seek knowledge. We need to remember to pray and ask our Heavenly Father. We can rely on him for knowledge, for guidance, and for the blessings in our life that we need and desire.
Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day. (Alma 37:37)
I was reading If Life Were Easy, It Wouldn’t Be Hard by Sheri Dew and at the ending she had a section where she talked about praying and how we should ask our Heavenly Father for blessings.
Some quotes from the book:
How many of you, my brethren and sisters, are seeking for these gifts that God has promised to bestow? . . .
None of us would wish to limit or restrain the Lord by the smallness of our vision or hopes or petitions. . . .
We don’t receive what He has for us because we don’t really, consistently, diligently seek after Him. . . .
Is anything too insignificant to discuss with the Lord? Is any heartache too petty? Is any anxiety or worry too trivial? Is any weakness too insignificant to deal with? The Lord doesn’t seem to think so . . .
He has invited us to weary Him with our requests and needs. . . .
But we don’t act as if we believe in the Lord’s promises regarding our spiritual privileges. We don’t really believe He will tutor us personally regarding the hidden doctrines of the kingdom. . . .
The bottom line is simple: While life is meant to test and challenge and strengthen us, if we are attempting to negotiate the twists and turns and ups and downs of mortality alone, we’re doing it all wrong. Mortality is a test, but it is an open-book test. We have access not only to the divine text but to Him who authored it. But we must approach and seek after Him.
The scriptures say to pray always and to ask and receive. Yet I am sometimes hesitant to ask for blessings–both large blessings and small things. But we can and should pray about EVERYTHING. We can talk about any small or large detail of our lives with the Lord. He wants us to.
Heavenly Father wants to bless us and sometimes we are getting in the way of those blessings by not asking for them and being grateful when we receive them.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I have a bad habit that I think may be common in this day and age: I can’t be still. I always have to be doing something. So whenever I have a down moment, I usually use it to check my email or social media or read something.
I rarely sit and do nothing, because it seems unproductive. We are very much concerned with being productive, with doing. Even if the things we are doing aren’t significant. Even if they don’t matter much. We want to fill our time up and stay busy every minute, stuffing our lives so that we never have a time to think about what is most important.
What if I instead of checking Facebook, I checked in with God? What if I could just be still for a minute and know that He lives and He loves me?
Isn’t it time to turn my thoughts more toward Heaven, to have the time to hear what He would say to me?
There is something very beautiful about having nothing to do and having a minute to sit and think and be.
Lord of Lords
grant us the good,
whether we pray for it
But evil keep from us
we pray for it.
I found this quote in a book I was reading and it reminded me of this quote:
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
I have prayed for a lot of things that have not happened because they were not right for me. I’ve prayed to move or to get jobs when I needed to stay put and wait. I’ve prayed and wondered why I didn’t get the answer that I wanted. But if I wait patiently, I see that the Lord loves me enough to tell me no and not yet.