I always pray when I begin a study of the scriptures, and this afternoon as I began my study, I uttered only two words “My Father” when I was stopped in my tracks with a very strong impression. To try to put into words what I was feeling, it was something like this:
Indeed, God is my Father, He knows me, He is like me. I am created to become like He is. Oh, how he wants me to succeed!
What scriptures support this thought?
I have looked up several verses of scripture from the Guide to the Scriptures under the heading: Father in Heaven. I’ve have read several groups of scripture that address a present concern that I am facing. Such as 3 Nephi 13:26-33, Luke 11:11-13, and Doctrine and Covenants 123:1-3,6. None of these are logical statements, but are to be understood spiritually with the heart as well as with the mind.
So God has again answered my prayers and given me the instruction through his holy word for the challenges that I have been facing today. Though I wasn’t particularly questioning my relationship to Him, he knew that the answer through the scriptures to today’s challenges would be found through the topic of which I was impressed to study. What remains to be seen is how the two topic are related. That is for another day.
I’ve come back to this group of verses two days after the initial post. With a sabbath day in between and a renewal of faith, I am somewhat more willing to listen this morning. Behold, what it says in Doctrine and Covenants 123 verses 11 to 17:
11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
15 Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.
16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.
17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
I do not understand how it is possible for me to continue in the harrowing course which I have set out to accomplish what I have felt to be the will of God for me. But that said, God is talking directly to me this morning through these scriptures. As the Savior aptly reminds me: “How much more shall your heavenly Father give good gifts, through the Holy Spirit, to them that ask him?”