05 October 2013

Ask God. No, really. Just ask Him.

Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not. Ask that you may know the mysteries of God, and that you may translate and receive knowledge from all those ancient records which have been hid up, that are sacred; and according to your faith shall it be done unto you.
(Doctrine and Covenants 8:10-11)

We LDS folk know section eight as the residence of the flagship passages for recognizing answers to prayers through the Holy Ghost. But these two verses later in the chapter stand in stark contrast to what I have heard taught & counseled openly. 

We are to seek to know the mysteries of God. Not coast along on the coattails of others--no matter how righteous or loving they may be. Not just be happy that we had enough faith (or desperate strength) to hang on for one more day. Our God is a good daddy. He LOVES us. He WILL see to our needs and education, if we will but come unto Him with real intent. 

Father in Heaven, lead me ever more deeply into Your love, into Your wisdom, into Your ways. Teach me what I need to know to live the life You have prepared for me. In Jesus' blessed name, amen. 

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!