Prayer

LDS Quotes on Prayer

Richard G. Scott Portrait

“It is a mistake to assume that every prayer we offer will be answered immediately…He wants us to act to gain needed experience.

“When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence.

“When He answers no, it is to prevent error.

“When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth. We are expected to assume accountability by acting on a decision that is consistent with His teachings without prior confirmation. We are not to sit passively waiting or to murmur because the Lord has not spoken. We are to act.”

Richard G. Scott  |  Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

“Isn’t it marvelous, brothers and sisters, that God, who knows everything, still spends time listening to our prayers? Compared to that cosmic fact, what does the world really have to offer us? One round of applause, one fleeting moment of adulation, or an approving glance from a phantom Caesar? May God bless us to see things as they really are and as they really will be (see Jacob 4:13; D&C 93:24), and may we give the glory and honor and praise unto God.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  General Conference, April 2000

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“The object of our prayers should not be to present a wish list or a series of requests but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is eager to bestow, according to His will and timing. Every sincere prayer is heard and answered by our Heavenly Father, but the answers we receive may not be what we expect or come to us when we want or in the way we anticipate.”

Elder David A. Bednar  |  “Ask in Faith,” Ensign, May 2008, p. 97

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Thomas S. Monson

“My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  The Divine Gift of Gratitude”

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  “Small Acts of Service,” Ensign, December 1974, 5.

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“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

Abraham Lincoln

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It is not, never has been, and never will be the design and purpose of the Lord—however much we seek him in prayer—to answer all our problems and concerns without struggle and effort on our part. This mortality is a probationary estate. … We are being tested to see how we will respond in various situations; how we will decide issues; what course we will pursue while we are here walking, not by sight, but by faith.

Bruce R. McConkie  |  Ensign, Jan. 1976, p. 11

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Thomas S. Monson

“Prayer is the passport to spiritual power.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  Ensign, November 1990, p. 47

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“Sometimes ideas flood our mind as we listen after our prayers. Sometimes feelings press upon us. A spirit of calmness assures us that all will be well. But always, if we have been honest and earnest [in our prayers] we will experience a good feeling – a feeling of warmth for our Father in Heaven and a sense of his love for us.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  Ensign, October,1981, p. 5

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“God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer — to know that he loves me, that I have been created for greater things.”

Mother Teresa

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