Prayer in 2014
What will be the New Year’s resolution?
The scriptures resound with the glorification of our Saviour and His great condescension to earth. More importantly, we praise God for His birth within our hearts. His promises are sure!
Each of us is fully convinced that we are part of The Church of Jesus Christ, fully convicted in our commitment to our covenant, yet perhaps recognizing that something more is needed. There is a crucial need for The Church of Jesus Christ to be revived. The anointing of God's Spirit is needed in every member in every Church to ignite the fires of revival. This Church is blessed with divine authority! Does the power of God accompany that authority enough so that souls are being harvested for God's Great Kingdom? Do we weep for the joy of God's Holy Presence in our worship? Do sinners tremble under the conviction of the Presence of The Spirit of God when they visit?
The threat of great wickedness came against the believers of Christ's coming in Nephi’s day (3 Nephi 1). Nephi seeing this great threat "cried mightily unto the Lord, all that day."
Must we face a threat of great wickedness against us to be moved to such a dedication in prayer? Nephi prayed "all that day." Are we using our most powerful tool, PRAYER? Are we determined to pray as Nephi prayed, until God answers? Have our blessings and our comforts overtaken us, making us complacent, indifferent, casual...?
Just as the Nephites became forgetful, as written in Helaman 12, and the Jaredites comfortable on the beach of Moriancumer for four years in Ether 2, should we wait for the chastisement of the Lord, or do we identify the need to be more committed in PRAYER that Almighty God would make bear His Arm? Nephi prayed "all that day." How necessary is it for us to be committed to a greater dedication in prayer in 2014?
We are all under the weight of the cross to be more prayerful. Shall this move me to a greater effort in PRAYER? Or, do I just write about it, read it and not take some action? All of us have great hopes and great expectation; notwithstanding, we must therefore be more committed to living righteously, to humble obedience, to prayer and fasting in 2014!
The simplicity of the task sits before each of us. It is part of our Cross for Christ. We must be more disciplined to righteousness, to obedience, to FERVENT PRAYER!
Love & Prayers,
B. David Nolfi