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May 4th, 2009, 05:53 AM
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Please, share your thoughts, testimonies, talks, scriptures, hymns, quotes, FHE ideas and anything else that you would like to add about prayer. Thank you.

Matthew 6:5-8
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closets, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knowth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

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May 4th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Here’s a FHE that we did on prayer a while back. For open song we did “I Have Two Little Hands”
I then showed how we pray. (Folding our arms, then we close our eyes, we bow our heads) with each one I would show them and then have them try and then move onto the next one.
We then would talk to them about being reverent and the importance of having reverence during prayer. Then we talked about how to pray. (“Dear Father in Heaven…”“We thank thee…” “We ask thee…” “In the name of Jesus Christ” “Amen.”). My SIL made a “Prayer Train” that they could color after. While they are coloring we would just keep talking to them about prayer and ask them about it. We would share our testimony about pray to them and close with a song “A Prayer Song” from the children’s song book.
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May 4th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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From the Bible Dictionary

As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7: 7-11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
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May 5th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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Here is a talk given by Elder Wirthlin in Mar of 2004
Improving Our Prayers By Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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May 5th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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We did the prayer train once for FHE. We left it on the wall for a couple months and it really helped the big kids remember the steps in prayers. They were around 5 and 7 ish when we did it.

My daughter is developing a very strong testimony of prayer. One time the three older children were playing outside at my parents' and Fritz lost one of his shoes. They looked everywhere and couldn't find it. That was his only pair of shoes so finding it was important. Ani suggested she and Cameron pray and right after the prayer she looked down because she saw something with sunlight glinting off it. It was the buckle on Fritz's shoe. Last week we couldn't find the camera. I knew I had put it somewhere, but where I couldn't remember. So Ani went upstairs alone and it turns out she was praying to help find the camera. A minute later she came downstairs and asked if I had checked the diaper bag. And there is was! She said right after she prayed she got the idea of looking in the diaper bag. I could learn a lot from that little 9 year old girl. She always thinks to pray right away.
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May 6th, 2009, 09:40 AM
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Out of the mouth of babes.
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May 6th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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Awww, Heather, how sweet! I think sometimes children just keep things simple, and so it's easier for them to think of simple answers.

But that reminded me of an experience I had a couple weeks ago

So, Matt's key is the expensive one. It's the key that has the remote lock/unlock attached to it. We've looked into it, an replacing it would be somewhere around $300. I use this key when I'm out running around during the day because a) Matt leaves it home during the day because he doesn't use the car, and b) because there's no keyhole in the passenger side door, and it's too much of a hassle to go to the driver's side, unlock the door, and then go around to the back passenger side to put Patrick in.

Well, I was out running around. Michael's was having a sale, and they had their Cricut cartridges (reg. $89.99) on sale for $39.99. Well, there's one that I REALLY wanted. So, of course, I asked Matt if I could buy it. He said yes, and I got all excited, and I got there and they were GONE. None of the Michael's stores in the metro area had them in. Well, at this point it was 12:20, lunch time, and I had a Visiting Teaching appointment at 1. So I went through the Burger King drivethrough, and Erin and I ate it on the way to Angie's house. We had a good visit.

So then, when I left, I unlocked the door, and tossed the keys on the passenger seat before I put Patrick in. So when I went to grab the keys after I got Erin and myself situated, they WEREN'T THERE! I looked on the floor and things, and I couldn't find them. So I got out, I looked under the car, on the sidewalk, in the bushes. I concluded that they definitely WEREN'T outside the car, so I would just use my own keys to drive home and then look through the car then.

On the way in, I stopped at the mail boxes, got the mail, and threw away the Burger King bag, and the cup and myriad water bottles that we'd collected. As I was driving back to the back of the complex, I said a little prayer that I would be able to find the keys, because they would be expensive to replace.

And then I had the thought that I should go back to the mailbox garbage can, pull out the Burger King bag, and check inside it to see if they had fallen in there when I tossed them. So I did. I went back to the mailbox and pulled the bag out of the garbage can.

Inside, amid the wrappers of my meal, were Matt's keys.

I nearly cried with relief.
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May 7th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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Pray Not for Light Burdens but for Strong Backs
ARDETH G. KAPP

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May 8th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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I just remembered a couple of stories pertaining to prayer, a few days before I left for my brother's wedding. I was packing up what I would take in the car to entertain myself, I thought about taking my laptop and so I packed it into my bag. Something I always take with me to when I take my laptop in the car is an extension cord thingy that plugs into the cigarette lighter and it has a plug base for a regular power cord, I took it the last time I had a long car trip and the fact that I could use my laptop without it loosing power was really nice, it saved me a lot of boredom on that trip. Anyway I couldn't find the extension cord I looked through my entire apartment and I could not find it at all. Finally I started praying to be honest, it wasn't that important of an item for me to take on the trip, I could have not taken it at all, but now I was worried about where it was, one of my roommates had already moved out and I was afraid that she'd taken it with her. As I was closing my prayer I thought of a box I'd stuffed under the end table in the living room, it had some of my stuff in it, stuff I was planning on selling. I didn't think to look in there the first time I'd searched through the entire apartment because I had thought there was only clothes in that box and I hadn't remembered putting the extension cord thing in that particular box. Wouldn't you know it was in my Ebay box.

This actually happened last night, but the other girls in my apartment had been using the sink to wash some dishes and accidentally put the stopper in upside down, when the stopper is upside down there is no getting it out, it's stuck there for good. Anyway we were tying to pry it out with a knife and I just said a quick prayer in my head "Heavenly Father, please help." the side of the sink that was clogged was what I call the important side, it's the side with the garbage disposal and we actually use it quite a bit so it was pretty important that we get it unplugged, we'd have to wait until Saturday to get the repair request into the head apartment people and then it might be monday before we get anyone out to look at getting the sink unclogged, we would have to go without half the sink until Monday (if not later) if we didn't get it unplugged ourselves. After I finished praying I remembered when one of my roommates moved in saying, "I brought a plunger, I'm putting it behind the toilet of the left bathroom." So I went to the left bathroom grabbed the plunger and 5 seconds later the sink was unclogged.
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May 9th, 2009, 09:25 AM
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I have a story I would like to share. The other day someone had asked me about the church, well the question they had asked about was something that I was not familiar with. So I did some research on the lds.org and mormon.org and couldn't find anything pertaining to their question. I said a pray letting Heavenly Father know that I wanted to be able to answer their question, but I was unable to find the answer. As soon as I had finished my pray I had the thought to do a Google search. I usually don't like to Google search for info on the church b/c there is a lot of anti stuff, but I listened and I had found what I was looking for to share with this individual.

Thank you everyone for sharing experiences of the power of prayer. I know that prayer has blessed my life in times of need.
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