Sunday, April 22, 2001

Doctrine and Covenants 63:64

"Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation."
Doctrine and Covenants 63:64

A reminder today about how important prayer is in our lives.  That contact with God makes all the difference between having the Spirit and not having it... and just plain having a good day, and not having one.  Our father loves us, and wants us to return home.  We honor God by respecting his name and his dealings with us, and never demeaning him.  I like how plain this scripture is about how to gain the Spirit in our lives... through prayer.  When we talk to God sincerely, the Spirit always attends us... and as we learn that feeling, and learn how to listen, we become more aware and attuned to the Spirit, and God can speak to us more and more clearly.  Let's pray today, talk to God, feel the Spirit.  We all deserve, and need, to know for ourselves God's involvement in our lives.  And, how else *can* we know?  Talking to God, listening for his answers, feeling the companionship of the Spirit in our lives... those things show us how close he is to us.  And when we know that... then we can have the confidence and the trust to do as he asks--because we know he loves us individually and would never ask us anything that wasn't designed for our good.

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