How can I pray as the Savior taught?
October 2020

“How can I pray as the Savior taught?” Liahona, October 2020

Come, Follow Me: Book of Mormon

How can I pray as the Savior taught?

3 Nephi 17–19

(September 28–October 11)

How can I pray as the Savior taught

When Christ visited the Nephites, He prayed with them 11 times. Through word and example, He taught them how they should pray. Latter-day prophets, seers, and revelators continue to teach what the Savior taught about prayer. Here are a few examples:

What the Savior taught

What latter-day prophets, seers, and revelators teach

Pray for others (see 3 Nephi 17:14, 17, 21; see also 3 Nephi 18:23)

“Praying for others with all of the energy of our souls increases our capacity to hear and to heed the voice of the Lord.”1

“Watch and pray always” (3 Nephi 18:15)

“It is through earnest and heartfelt prayer that we can receive the needed blessings and the support required to make our way in this sometimes difficult and challenging journey we call mortality.”2

“Pray in your families” (3 Nephi 18:21; see also 3 Nephi 17:3)

“If you will … [participate] in daily family prayer, …you will receive the promised blessings of the Lord in raising a righteous posterity.”3

Don’t multiply many words (see 3 Nephi 19:24; see also 3 Nephi 13:7)

“Our prayers should be simple, direct, and sincere.”4

“Pray on” (3 Nephi 19:26)

“Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil.”5


  1. David A. Bednar, “Pray Always,” Liahona, Nov. 2008, 43.

  2. Thomas S. Monson, “Three Goals to Guide You,” Liahona, Nov. 2007, 120.

  3. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter (2015), 229.

  4. Dallin H. Oaks, “The Language of Prayer,” Ensign, May 1993, 17.

  5. Boyd K. Packer, “Prayer and Promptings,” Liahona, Nov. 2009, 46.