I have been raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often misname the “Mormon Church”). Thus, I have been taught from the time I could understand that God is my Heavenly Father, that I am literally a child of God, and that He loves me very much. As I have grown up and come to develop my relationship with God, I am grateful for the knowledge that I am so blessed to have.
As I go through life and meet more people, I come to gain a broader perspective of different religious and personal views. I have come to realize that a lot of people don’t believe in God at all, and that even among those who do, there is a shockingly small percentage who understand God the way I do.
Many people think of God as a disinterested party to our existence. Maybe He created us, but even if He did, He doesn’t care what we do and will not intervene in our lives in any way. Others think God is unjust. If He exists, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people? How is that just? Still others may have a concept of God as an angry, punishing God who will strike down the disobedient immediately.
Because I was taught from a young age that God loved me, I was able to approach Him through personal prayer in a much different way than many people do. I believed He was concerned for me and that He wanted to hear from me. I was not afraid of Him, and I was taught that if I asked for His help, I would get it.
I want you to know that I have gained this knowledge through personal experience; it is not something I just believed as a child and continue to believe today through ignorance or gullibility. I have tested what I have been taught, and it was worked every single time. I know that God is there, that He loves me, and that He will answer my prayers because when I pray to Him, I feel His presence; I feel His love and can see His guiding hand throughout my life; and He answers my prayers.
Sometimes these lessons are hard to learn. Sometimes the answer to my prayer is no. It is hard to hear “no,” especially when you feel that the earnest desires of your heart are righteous and will bring you happiness. Also through experience, I have learned that God will never tell me “no” unless that is what is truly best for me. Time and time again, when I felt my heart was broken from not receiving the answer I wanted, I have later seen how, if I had received what I had asked for, things would not have gone the way I had anticipated they would. I have learned that God has in store for me great blessings and sometimes receiving those blessings requires what seems like a sacrifice at the time, but which really just brings me a greater blessing and greater happiness later.
I feel so blessed that I have the gift of prayer. I can pray to God every day, many times in a day, and I know He is there ready to listen. He answers big prayers and little prayers. I have learned that even things which are really of no consequence matter to Him if they matter to you. He has answered my prayers when you would feel silly even telling someone else what you were worried about or what you had asked for help with. Some people might have the attitude that, “God is too busy to be bothered about such a trivial thing.” I can testify from multiple experiences that He does care, and He will answer; no matter how small of a thing you may ask about. This strengthens my testimony that He will be there for the big things. He will walk with me; He will comfort me; He will guide me; He will speak peace to my soul.
The greatest gift God has given us is the gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It is through Christ, our Mediator, and in His name, that we can call upon God to hear our prayers. It is through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can repent and seek forgiveness. We can be cleansed through His atoning blood and can become worthy again to be in Their presence.
If you do not have a strong relationship with God, I invite you to pray. Pray in the name of Jesus Christ to feel of God’s love for you. Ask Him for help. Acknowledge His hand in your life and thank Him for blessings He has given you. He wants to hear from you. He’s always ready to listen.
Article By Doris