Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to communicate with him. We do that through prayer. You can carry a prayer in your heart and pray at any time. You can and should also have a special moment set aside to pray to Him in quite and solitude, such as in the morning when you rise or just before going to bed. God is always pleased to hear from us no matter the situation. Our prayers shouldn't be repetitive meaningless words or phrases that we don't think about, but sincere heartfelt pouring of your heart. Telling him of the things your grateful for. Things specifically from the day you have just had. Feelings your are currently going through. Thoughts and questions. He wants you to share with him so that he can share his guidance through that Holy Spirit. Next time you get on your knees to pray, instead of repeating the same thing, share with him your deepest emotions, thoughts, questions, repentance from specific sins, and praise and gratitude to Him. Your relationship with God will become closer. You will hear the Spirit speak to your heart more in you life.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
There are many different ways one might hear the Holy Spirit. Sometimes he goes us feelings of love, joy, peace, patience, faith, or hope. See Galations 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit may give us ideas to the mind, or occupies the mind and presses on the feelings. Good feelings and enlightening your understanding of things as in Alma 32:28. Sometimes a feeling of replacing darkness with light and gives comfort to your soul.
How do you recognize a thought from the spirit vs otherwise? Gordon B Hinckley said, "You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit--that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God."
I have found for me, answers to my prayers often come as a burning feeling such as in this passage from D&C 9:8-9
When I was young and choosing which Collage to go to, I went to the Lord and asked him in prayer after studying out in my mind a few options. I knew a lot about my choices. I thought before approaching in prayer that the one closest to my home would likely be best, but wanted to know for sure if it was the path God would suggest. I asked if this school was the right decision and I did have a stupor of thought. My mind felt uneasy. It didn't declare "No! This is not your path" It just felt wrong. When I then prayed about another option, my heart felt so at peace. It was unexpected, but I knew it was God speaking to my heart.
I encourage you to spend time studying, praying and pondering. Try to listen for the Spirit in your life, which is there to speak to us all if we listen with more than our ears.
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