Friday, January 16, 2015

The Power of Prayer

Hey! I'm Hermana Bishop :) I am a Spanish-speaking missionary in the Arizona Tempe Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! As a missionary, I see tons of miracles every day. Today I want to share the story of George, a senior in high school that we met in the streets of South Phoenix.

We pulled up to the house of a woman we wanted to visit, and there was a couple of little boys and a teenager playing basketball outside. We were informed that the woman was not home, but the young man said he wouldn't mind talking to us. (Remember it is SUPER obvious who we are! We wear name tags and drive in cars with bike racks and stuff.)  He began by challenging us and asking how God could let bad things happen like World War II. As we discussed how God allows us to make our own choices (whether they are good or bad), he became slightly less defensive. We asked if he had ever prayed before and he admitted that his football team prays before their games, and it makes him feel good. We told him that God is his father, loves him, and wants to hear from him. We invited him to pray and promised he would know God exists if he does. Before we left, we asked if we could have a quick prayer together. My companion, Sister Raynor, offered the prayer and when she finished, George looked up and said, a little choked up, "I know, and God knows, that I really DO believe in Him."

Wow! :D Just our simple prayer together moved this young man almost to tears! I know God hears and answers our prayers! Never underestimate the power of personal prayer.

CHALLENGE: This week, don't miss a single day. Kneel down alone at least once a day and talk to God. Tell Him what you are grateful for, and what you need help with. I promise you will feel a difference in your life as you try communicate more with your Heavenly Father!

For those of you who don't know how to pray, don't worry! It is easy! :)
Begin by addressing God. Say "God, or Heavenly Father."
Tell Him what is in your heart! Thank Him for what you have, and tell Him what you are struggling with. He cares!
End by saying, "In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
Aaaaannnnndddd repeat as often as possible ;D

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