Prayer has become an integral part of who I am

Prayer is reverent communication between God and myself. It is a blessing with great power.

Jesus often went off by himself to pray. It gave him guidance and strength for the coming day.

We read in James 1:5-6, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask nothing wavering ...."

The founder of our faith stated after reading this scripture, "Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine ... I at length came to the determination to ask of God."

When we pray nothing wavering, and with a sincere heart of faith, it gives great joy to our Heavenly Father. He longs to bless each of us with guidance and strength.

Prophets in the Old Testament prayed in this way and received great power. When we follow the example of Jesus and the Prophets, we too can receive guidance and strength to face each day with love and joy in our hearts.

One of our church leaders said, "If we would advance in holiness — increase in favor with God — nothing can take the place of prayer.

"Give prayer a foremost place in your life. Let no day pass without it. Communion with the Almighty has been a source of strength, inspiration and enlightenment throughout the world’s history to men and women who have shaped the destinies of individuals and nations for good."

All through my life, the counsel to depend on prayer has been prized above almost any other advice I have ever received. It has become an integral part of me, an anchor, a constant source of strength and the basis of my knowledge of things divine.

Our Heavenly Father is always near. Thank God we can reach out and tap that unseen power.

— Wallace Price, Anniston Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The power of prayer is rooted in who God is

Prayer is the conforming of my will to the will of God through personal conversation with Him.

The power of prayer is found not in my ability to pray eloquently or in the length of my prayer or even in the faith that drives me to pray. The power of prayer is found in the person and character of God.

If a person is praying to any "god" other than the one true God revealed to us in the pages of the Bible, then the prayer has no power. The many false religions and their idols do not have the ability to take action on the request of the prayer, because those gods are not truly in existence.

But when a Christian prays to the God of heaven and earth, then they find that their desire is bent toward the desire of God and the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus Christ has taught us how to rightly pray in Matthew 5:6-14. We are commanded to pray to God and not for public recognition, pray simply and not with religious phrases, and pray to God the Father who hears our prayers and answers them.

The power of prayer is God himself as he transforms our desires to match his desire through a personal conversation with the one true God of heaven and earth!

— Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston