Get Your Prayers Heard!

When addressing parents or dignitaries it is customary to use the best verbiage in our ability. This is no less a sign of respect to God.

Jesus Taught About it

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Jesus Christ taught the perfect example of prayer recorded in his mortal ministry among the Jews in the Middle East and his ministry among the Nephites in the ancient Americas. It has been affectionately labeled the Lord's Prayer.

One of the most important aspects of True Christianity is to know how to address the Father and in whose name we pray.

The Savior instructed all people to pray to the Father as he prayed to the Father.

It is important that all address all communications to the Father of Heaven as the Savior instructed to follow the proper mode and manner regarding His teaching.

The Savior explicitly instructs throughout his mortal ministry in what manner we must pray and to whom we pray.

What's more, in His post-mortal or post resurrected ministry, He continues to instruct in this manner and demonstrate the proper manner of prayer.

One example occurred during his visit to the children of Lehi on the American continent in 34 A. D. After blessing all of the afflicted people of this group of 2500 estimated people, Christ was witnessed as recorded in 3 Nephi Chapter 17 starting at verse 13 doing the following.

And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground.

And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel.

15 And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.

16 And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father;

And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.

Always the dutiful Son and the perfect example of Christianity, Christ instructed all in the manner of prayer the Father expects His true believers to use.

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The Type of Speech In Prayer

When addressing parents or dignitaries it is customary to use the best verbiage in our ability. This is no less a sign of respect to God.

Though He takes us as we are, we must be humble enough to give the best that we are in addressing Him.

It is not to say that when the heart bleeds with emotion and we cry out in agony to God that He will reject our prayer because it not spoken in Elizabethan English.

God will hear and answer if the pattern is followed with all the elements in whatever order! As we grow as Christians and want to show ourselves approved, we want to express ourselves in the best language we know how.

It is suggested that in English, using Thee and Thou instead of you and your is best. Such language helps Christians to remember that we are addressing the Lord and not having common conversation. This mental awareness also helps us to concentrate on what we are saying to the Lord because we are in a different mindset when speaking to Him.

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Elder Dallin H. Oaks, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, suggests in a sermon given in the April 1993 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ that

Men and women who wish to show respect will take the time to learn the special language of prayer. Persons spend many hours mastering communication skills in other mediums, such as poetry or prose, vocal or instrumental music, and even the language of access to computers. My brothers and sisters, the manner of addressing our Heavenly Father in prayer is at least as important as these. (The Language of Prayer)

God does not like vain repetition, but heartfelt conversation. He is a person and hears all of our petitions. When we pray, we should not use vain repetitions. We should make a private time and place to dedicate it to speaking with the Lord. Because His voice is so holy and pure, we must concentrate to hear Him when He answers.

Sometimes we shall hear a voice. Others may see a vision or angel visit them. Mostly, or more commonly, there will be a peaceful feeling and confirming witness in our minds and hearts.

Though the Lord can and does answer prayers through visitations and visions, He works through His Holy Spirit to reveal things in our minds and in our own voices.

We speak reverently and respectfully to God and not fanatically and out of control. We follow the example of His Son by speaking to Him in humility.

Screaming His name to release pent emotion is not a common way to address Him. At times we will call on Him that way. As we approach the Lord, we are doing so individually and should never worry what others may think of our personal and private conversations with God.

God will reveal how He wants to be addressed to each seeking person if we are willing to listen to Him. All that is written before is just to prime your minds for what God the Father will reveal to you afterwards in confirmation or remembrance.

Pattern For Prayer

Below are listed steps or a pattern to prayer. This pattern is not set in stone and is not rote exercise to follow or all is lost. God is the God of many nations and people of many faiths. He does listen to the faithful prayers of all of His Children by all the names they call Him. Once these children learn of Him and His expectations, they are invited to change.

For those of His Children who will listen, He expects them to follow this pattern for which He will bless them with answers if they do. Each portion is accompanied by a scriptural reference where the pattern was demonstrated in other dispensation or segments of history where the gospel was revealed authoritatively from heaven.

© 2012 Rodric Johnson

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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

sorry but this is foolishness. Once we have the personal relationship with Him that He is looking for we can talk to him as out friend which he is.

of course with reverence and respect but no set format.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

celafoe, thanks for commenting. If you would have read all the way through you would have known I mentioned that it does not matter what order the elements are in as long as all are include. When we are talking to our friends we use these dynamics. There is not set format. What I am providing are elements of the prayer that matter. You address God, thank Him, ask Him and close in His Son's name.

Foolishness is not recognizing there is a pattern.


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Wakerra 3 years ago

yes, traditional format would be address, thanking, asking, closing, but a prayer can be anything. Its actually nice to even have a conversation with God, or just tell him what you did for the day. It may seem weird because he already knows, but he is our Father, doesn't he want to hear it from us?

I'd agree to mind your p's and q's with respectful language and format, never forget traditional format, probably use that most often, but don't forget to connect on a personal level as well. (Also, prayers full of gratitude without asking for blessings are nice to give on occasion as well)


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you for reading and offering a comment Wakerra. I agree with you also. I mentioned in the article that for our formal prayers, which should be about three per day we should speak them as such. Jesus commands us to pray always. Most most of the time I have a continuous prayer throughout the day that never really stops. I just start speaking knowing that I am talking to Father. I don't really expect an answer during these type of prayers just Him to listen. When I want a response from Him, I formally appraoch Him in prayer.


brian 3 years ago

Rodric29,

I would like to ask you your opinion. If you had a question for god a yes or no question do you think god would answer through a coin toss? If it is something you really want to know.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Brian, thanks for commenting and the question. I am glad that you are considering your relationship with God. In answer to your question I say, I don't know. But, I think that it is possible depending on the culture and circumstance of the person. God has answer prayers with signs before and will again. I cannot say what His sign would be if He does, but I am sure that He will do it.

A coin toss is chance and God is not one of chance because he knows it. But back to my answer: I really don't know if He would do a coin toss answer. Most likely He would send a warm feeling in the heart or I should say comfort to the mind or words in the mind.

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