Sunday, July 7, 2002

Mosiah 27:14

"And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore , for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayer of his servants might be answered according to their faith."
Mosiah 27:14

Isn't it interesting that the Lord intervened in Alma the Younger's life, not because he himself had prayed to know the truth or attempted to understand, but because his father and the rest of the people were praying for him?  It's exceptionally cool that instead of writing him off and deciding that he was doomed that they kept praying, not only for the church he was trying to destroy, but for him.  I wonder if I do as well in my life.  Do I write people off, thinking they don't want to change, without petitioning God for them?  Sometimes we probably even write ourselves off without considering God's power to change our lives... to change our lives at any point.  Alma the Younger was actively trying to destroy the church, and because of the prayers of so many people, God sent an angel to him and he was converted and changed utterly.  We can change, no matter where we are... and Alma the Elder's example is a remarkable reason to pray for the people that we love.  God can soften hearts and change lives even when we can't do a thing.

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