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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Faith, Prayer, Repentance, and Forgiveness Strengthen Me and My Family. June 2009 week 2

PRAYER STRENGTHENS ME AND MY FAMILY


James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraidth not; and it shall be given him.

We are all children of God. He loves us and knows our needs, and He wants us to communicate with Him through prayer... As we make a habit of approaching God in prayer, we will come to know Him and draw ever nearer to Him. Our desires will become more like His. We will be able to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that He is ready to give if we will but ask in faith.
Gospel Topics: Prayer

Heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of His little children. You are His child. He loves you and will hear and answer your prayers.

Before you begin to pray, take a few moments to think carefully about the beautiful blessings Heavenly Father has given you. This careful thinking is called pondering. Pondering about Heavenly Father’s blessings to you will bring a feeling of thankfulness, or gratitude, into your heart, and this feeling will help you prepare to talk to Him.


As you begin your prayer, let the feelings of your heart come through your voice. Speak to Heavenly Father with love and reverence. When you speak from your heart, He will listen. Tell Him how much you love Him. Thank Him for your blessings. Ask Him for the blessings you need. Tell Heavenly Father how you feel about His Son, Jesus Christ. Share with Heavenly Father the things that make you happy and the things that make you sad or frightened. Ask for the Holy Ghost to be with you. You can talk to Heavenly Father about anything. When you pray to Him, take your time and do not hurry.


When you finish your prayer, sit quietly for a moment and "listen" by thinking about Heavenly Father. Praying can invite a sweet, peaceful feeling that comes from the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father will answer your prayers in a way that is best for you. As you pray, you will feel His love for you, and your love for Him will grow.
Karen Ashton, "Sharing Time: Ponder, Pray, and Listen," Friend, Apr 1996, 4
Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to pray to Him. We can pray to Him anytime, no matter where we are. He hears and answers our prayers.

Story: Charlotte Clark was just six years old when her family left Nauvoo, Illinois, to travel west to the Salt Lake Valley. It was a long, long way to walk. Charlotte walked so much that she wore out her only pair of shoes. Every night when Charlotte knelt to pray, she asked Heavenly Father for a pair of shoes.
One day Charlotte and her sister were picking berries when Charlotte saw a pair of shoes. She and her sister ran back to their mother and father, saying, "Heavenly Father sent me shoes, and they fit perfectly!" Charlotte’s father was concerned that the shoes belonged to someone who had lost them. He told Charlotte that if the shoes belonged to someone in their wagon train, she should return the shoes to their owner. Charlotte’s family showed the shoes to everyone, but no one claimed them. Charlotte’s prayer was answered.

Heavenly Father answers our prayers. The answers may not always be what we expect, but He will answer in the way that is the best for us. We can pray to Him anytime, anywhere.
Linda Magleby, "Sharing Time: Heavenly Father Hears and Answers Prayers," Friend, Jul 2006, 16–18









Laurel Rohlfing, “Sharing Time: I Can Receive Answers to Prayer,” Friend, Sep 1989, 44







(I found this picture doing a search for Bridge Clip art. Here is the link to the site.)






October 1995 Friend Magazine, pg. 41




Nursery Manual, “Behold Your Little Ones”, Lesson 11
Finally the idea Part:
Use the picture of the sad family and the happy family. Have enough space to put together the bridge (cut into puzzle pieces). On the back of each piece put scenarios.
Example:
1) Brother has a big test in school. What can you and he do to make sure he gets a good grade? (Brother has to study, you can pray for him to remember the things he studied)
2) Mom has to make a dinner for a family in the ward but has lots on her plate today. What could the family do to help? (Pray that she will be calm and be able to organize her time, other family member can help clean the house, Help mom make the dinner)
3) You lost your favorite toys. What can the family do to help? (Have a family/individual prayer, after it is over follow feelings you have, ask for family to help, get looking for it)
Prayer is important but we also need to work to to be able to receive the help and guidance that Heavenly Father and Jesus want to give us.

3 comments:

  1. I am so Sorry this Post is late. I am still out of town and have been busy every day we have been here.

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  2. This is perfect. I've been trying to find something more for the jr primary (I already have sr primary ready) and this works GREAT.
    Thanks for the ideas--much appreciated!

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  3. This is wonderful! I love all the image links!

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