He wants us to draw near to Him.
He wants to help us, and communicate with us.
He wants to protect us.
He wants to bless and direct our lives for good.
He is there.
If this is true, and prayer is honest communion with God, then what are we waiting for? What is holding us back from drawing closer to God our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ every day?
In the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, we read about many great missionaries who were called of God to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the book of Alma, there is one such missionary called Aaron. He teaches many people, and one of these is a great king of his time.
After learning from Aaron the nature of God and that, in reality, he actually has a Father in Heaven, the king desires to know God. He wants to find out for himself if God really does exist. With this sincere desire in motion, and humility in his heart, he offers one of the most beautiful prayers recorded in scripture. He pleads, "O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day..."
As we face a new year, this idea of giving away things that hold us back from what we might become and from drawing closer to God, is a liberating one. What sins or desires or weaknesses might we give away that we may also know God better? Wherever we live and whatever religion we might be, let us fall on our knees daily and find that the blessing of giving away these things is the receiving of God in our lives. He is there. He does love us, and he will let us know it.
Posted by Brooke Kamalu - Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints