This week, I have been putting a lot of thought into prayer (and a lot of prayer into prayer as well–haha!). This began from realizing that the mark of a powerful missionary does not stem from ability, but from faith, and faith is manifested and strengthened when we rely fully on the Lord. Thus, we are admonished in 2 Nephi 32:
“Ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”
When we are set apart as missionaries, we covenant to consecrate all that we have to the Lord. The way to do that is through prayer.
Sincere prayer, offerend in humility, helps us to align our will with God, leading us to lean on His arm, His knowledge, His power, rather than our own. The prayers of a righteous and obedient missionary (or person) have the power to call down the powers of heaven and evoke the aid of the enabling power of the Atonement. As we maintain a prayerful attitude, we will see the blessings of heaven and the miracles of God poured out upon us, and we will develop a character in which a reliance on God and Jesus Christ is an integral part.
The power that we have is not our own, and it is only through humble prayer that we are able to magnify those gifts which the Lord has given us to the blessing of His children. It is then that our faith will be strengthened, and that we will find ourselves being able to teach with power, authority, and the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I hope that everyone is doing well. I love you all, and keep you in my prayers.