The Promise of Prayer

I am reminded this morning of promises that the Lord Jesus Christ has made to his faithful disciples.

John 14:13-14 reads: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Matthew 21:21-22 reads: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Come Unto Christ

No water can swallow the ship where lies the master of ocean, and earth, and skies.

Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
And rest on the blissful shore.

Come Unto Jesus, Hymn #117

Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He’ll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.
Doctrine and Covenants 10:58, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not.
“I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.”
Doctrine and Covenants 10:67, “Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.”
Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Zechariah

2 Aug 2016 – I was in chapters 11 and 12 today. I find the events of chapter 12 compelling, though they are not full articulated here. I am sure that if I study what others have written about the Savior’s Second Coming at Jerusalem, I will be able to find more information.

“Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:37-41

Mark 4:37-41

The simple account of Christ calming the tempest reminds me that no matter the storm, with Christ in our ship, we shall not sink. It was hard for his disciples to understand that. It is hard for me to see that sometimes too. But faith and fear don’t reside in the same being at the same time. And with Christ, fear need never come near.

“By the Blood of Thy Covenant,” Zechariah 9

“by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” (vs. 11)

Sweet spiritual impressions cause me to consider that region of the world. This chapter also talks of Ephriam and Judah as instruments in the Lord’s hand and as jewels in the Lord’s crown lifted as an ensign upon his land.

Gratitude Revisited and Internalized

I’ve come back to this post on Gratitude from back in 2011.

There is a lot that I have been terribly ungrateful for.  I have allowed my perceived circumstances to bring me down, and the Spirit is strong with me in making this realization.

I’ve reviewed the scriptural mandates to be grateful found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and Doctrine and Covenants 46:32.

I need to change my prayers from just a rote recitation of blessings that I’m thankful for, to a more meaningful expression of thankfulness for specific blessings that I have been given.  There is much about this power that I don’t understand yet.

 

This commandment I can obey: ALWAYS BE THANKFUL!

 

“The Importance of Teaching in the Gospel”

Part One:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxsvqx75a-0

Part Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w9zeNBoAAM


Notes:

Let’s remember that teaching in the Church is

  1. about teaching pure, key doctrine
  2. inviting people to action
  3. talking about promised blessings

How does a teacher help people to act?

A teacher should pray for the spirit of discernment to known what the appropriate invitation to act should be.  There are no prescribed invitations.

  • (an example) Posing a question, whether or not an answer is given, invites people to act.

Review 1 Nephi 11-14 the questions the Holy Ghost asks Nephi.

The Book of Ezra, chapters 4 – 6

The Book of Ezra

During the reconstruction of the temple at Jerusalem,  the children of Israel are blessed by the prophesying of Haggai and Zechariah the prophets.  The reconstruction of the temple was done with the blessing and support of the Babylonian empire.

Next study the prophesying of Haggai and Zechariah that was designed to strengthen the Isrealites as they rebuilt the temple.

Teaching in the Savior’s Way: Introduction

Notes from study of the Teaching in the Savior’s Way manual:

Question: What does teaching in the Savior’s Way mean to you?

How familiar am I with the way in which the Savior taught? I must know how he taught to be able to emulate this form of teaching.

Was the Savior’s way of teaching separate from who He was?  Or was being a teacher a part of who He is?  Who the Savior was, and the example that resulted from who He was, was how He taught. This is what made Him a teacher.

The Savior:

  • was full of love.
  • sought and obeyed his father’s will.
  • was completely committed to His sacred mission
  • gave His followers responsibilities that strengthened their faith.
  • loved the scriptures and used them to teach and testify of his mission.

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The Love of God

I am brought to consider the verses from the later part of the Book of John that highlight the love of God, chapters 13 – 17.

From the Topical Guide, Love of God:

 

  • he loved them unto the end: John 13:1 .
  • ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another: John 13:35 .
  • If ye love me, keep my commandments: John 14:15 .
  • he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father: John 14:21 .
  • my Father will love him, and we will come unto him: John 14:23 .
  • As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: John 15:9 .
  • Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved: John 16:27 .
  • world may know that thou … hast loved them: John 17:23 .
  • love wherewith thou hast loved me: John 17:26 .

I am brought to consider these passages and others as we begin into our stake conference activities this weekend. I am also reminded of Mormon’s teachings in Moroni 7:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— (vs. 46)

With this reminder to pray for and cleave to charity, the love of God, I am then brought to consider a profound invitation found in John 14:12-14:

 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.