“I’ve been praying for something important, but I don’t know if I have received an answer. How will I recognize it?” Liahona, December 2017
Questions & Answers
“I’ve been praying for something important, but I don’t know if I have received an answer. How will I recognize it?”
Receiving answers to prayers has been described as a process: first you study your question in your mind; then you ask God if your answer is right. If your answer is right, the Lord will “speak peace to your mind” (D&C 6:23).
But what if you don’t feel an overwhelming sense of peace? Or what if you feel like you have an answer, but you’re not sure if it’s you or the Holy Ghost?
According to Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Revelation comes in small increments over time and is granted according to our desire, worthiness, and preparation.”1 It doesn’t always come suddenly; most of the time it comes “line upon line, precept upon precept” (2 Nephi 28:30), and often you have to take a step in one direction even before you feel like you have a full answer. Sometimes you might not get an answer at all—that’s when you need to act anyway with faith that God will answer when the time is right.
If you’re worried about whether your answer is coming from you or from the Holy Ghost, remember that the best answer will be one that “inviteth and enticeth [you] to do good, and to love God, and to serve him” (Moroni 7:13).