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Prayer as Two-way Conversation.

October 26th, 2017 by Bookslinger

G’s post on Natural Prayer, or what might be termed  “prayer by action,” led me to these thoughts. 

Lessons and talks in church tend to focus on the burning-in-the-bosom vs stupor-of-thought type of answers in regards to petitioning with yes/no propositions as described in DC 9:8-9. That, along with the good thing/bad thing judgement in Moroni 7:12-17, might be descibed as “Revelation 101” or “Holy Ghost 101”.  It is the starting point when we initiate a petition or seek to know the Lord’s will.

But if ideas, pictures and words can come to us via unbidden promptings and whisperings of the Spirit, could they not come to us during prayer?  That’s pretty much the pattern of the prophets in all the standard works: prayers that turn into two-way conversations. I can’t think of specific General Conference talks, but I do seem to remember admonitions to listen for a while before getting off your knees. And, the Lord is not a respecter of persons in His manner of operations, He speaks to all according to each one’s ability to listen, understand, and harken; and according to each one’s scope of authority and area of operation. 

Or, as Moses said, “would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!” Num. 11:29.

If prayer is supposed to be a two-way communication, then promptings/whisperings are when the Lord starts the conversation, or issues a “call to prayer.” That realization gave me a sense of the literalness of the admonition to “pray always.”  I certainly don’t live up to that. But some of the book-slinging adventures gave me a glimpse of the possibilities. Loading the foreign language BoMs in the car was my “prayer by action”, according to G.’s recent post.  

Usually, the answers are too sacred or too personal to share. And the reason that many things are given in personal revelation is that they are not meant for general or public consumption, because not everyone is prepared/ready/able to receive them; that’s why they are not (fully) spelled out in scripture.  We get them as we are ready, and as we seek them. In general, I think the rule is “don’t share unless you’re told to” unless it’s something that is already spelled out in scripture or by the modern prophets.

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October 26th, 2017 19:47:37
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Marilyn
November 1, 2017

I like the idea of the Lord starting a conversation, and us then continuing it in prayer.

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