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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 2 Nephi 32:8-9

"In time and when our hearts are full and we know not that for which we should pray, the Spirit will make intercession for us even without the words. (See Romans 8:26.) Our feelings, our desires are heard through our prayers." — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "The Joy of the Journey," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 127

"Perhaps we would do well to involve ourselves in praying more quietly and continually. Strength, power, and discipline are rewards for communicating with God on a continuing personal and private basis. Quietly we can pray for the patience to have our secret prayers answered. Sometimes we fail to recognize answered prayers because we are expecting more than quiet answers." — Marvin J. Ashton, "The Measure of Our Hearts," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1991], p. 106

"Continuing to speak of strategic things, we must have the Spirit with us, so that the Holy Ghost can prompt us to pray for that which is right. Nephi advised us that the Spirit 'teacheth a man to pray.' (2 Nephi 32:8.) There is, therefore, a definite connection between our righteousness and our capacity to draw upon the Spirit so that we will ask for what we should ask for. The Lord told Joseph Smith in 1831, 'And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus, and it shall be done. But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask....' (D&C 50:29-30)"  — Neal A. Maxwell, "What Should We Pray For?" "Prayer," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 44

"The great tragedy of life is that, loving us and having paid that awful price of suffering, in the moment when He is now prepared to reach down and help us we won't let Him. We look down instead of up, accepting the adversary's promptings that we must not pray; we cannot pray; we are not worthy to pray. But, says Nephi in response to that, 'I say to you that ye must pray always, and not faint.'" — Truman G. Madsen, "The Radiant Life," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 44

"Without our individual refining, therefore, life would become merely a pass-through, audited course--not a course for credit. Only in the latter arrangement can our experiences and our performances be sanctified for our own everlasting good (see 2 Nephi 32:9). Mortality therefore is not a convenient, suburban, drive-around beltway with a view. Instead it passes slowly through life's inner city. Daily it involves real perspiration, real perplexity, real choosing, real suffering--and real refining!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 8

We should ask our Father to help us meet the temptations of this life and to deliver us from evil. When we pray from our hearts and say “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever,” we commit ourselves. Remember, the kingdom of God, the power of God, the glory of God should be man’s most cherished and important blessings and goals in this life.
So important is the need to pray that the prophet Nephi taught “that ye should 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” (2 Ne. 32:9). –
Bernard P. Brockbank, “Prayer to Our Heavenly Father,” Ensign (CR) November 1979

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