Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Alma 22:16-18 -- On Prayer and Hope

"But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest.
And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily, saying:
O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead."
Alma 22:16-18

I love this conversion story.  (Don't worry, he wakes up.)  In the verse previous, the king asks Aaron how to root the wicked spirit out of his heart... and maybe we don't always know that is possible, but Aaron tells him (and us) how to have hope... hope that we can change.  Hope in a better future.  And it was there for the king, and it is there for us, if we can only trust God enough to bow down before him and seek his help.

Today, let's pray, and be willing to give away our sins to know God. :)  As we do, we will also receive the hope that we are seeking. :)

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