Mar 6, 2014
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Our Earnest Prayers in Their Behalf

“Do our spouses, children, and other family members likewise feel the power of our prayers offered unto the Father for their specific needs & desires? Do those we serve hear us pray for them with faith and sincerity? If those we love & serve have not heard and felt the influence of our earnest prayers in their behalf, then the time to repent is now.” (David A. Bednar, Increase in Learning, p.126, Emphasis Added)

This can begin in the home. Before family prayer in the evening, invite each person to share a little bit about their day, what went well, what made them struggle, etc. Then, whoever offers the prayer will have real and important matters with which to take the to the Lord.

Hearing your father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter pray sincerely and specifically for you and your well-being is a rich experience.

Imagine what an impact this could have as we apply these principles as we pray in our church meetings or during a home or visiting teaching session. When asked for volunteers to pray before and after a lesson this Sabbath day, why not raise your hand and experiment with these principles?

When we move away from robotically  “saying prayers” and towards genuinely offering prayers, we will find tremendous blessings and healing of souls.

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I told myself I wouldn’t continue to be the first one to respond to your posts, but this one is very dear and tender to my heart. What a wonderful thing it is to hear another person pray to the Father on your behalf. I had a sweet experience from my mission that I would like to share: My companion and I were in the back seat of a car driving to the Temple to witness the sealing of a family we had been working with. A really awesome couple from the ward was driving us, and about half-way there,… Read more »