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    High-Energy Prayer: The Surprising Key to Having Charity

    David A. Edwards Church Magazines

    The prophet Mormon taught us a vital way to receive the pure love of Christ.

    His civilization was crumbling. His own people were becoming as bloodthirsty and depraved as their enemies, the Lamanites. The prophet Mormon saw only faint glimmers of hope that his people might repent and turn to God again. But still he preached to the few who would gather to hear God’s word. And what did he tell them?

    In one sermon, Mormon taught how to discern between good and evil and how to “lay hold on every good thing” (Moroni 7:21) through faith, hope, and charity.

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    With everything falling apart around them, he told the people that “charity never faileth,” that it “is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—but charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him” (Moroni 7:46–47).

    Then he taught them how to get this pure love:

     “Pray to the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ” (Moroni 7:47–48).

    Do you pray for charity? Do you sincerely plead to be able to love the way Christ does? What does it even mean to pray “with all the energy of heart”? That’s a high-energy prayer!  Here are some qualities that might be included in the kind of high-energy prayer that Mormon was talking about.

    Faith in Jesus Christ. This is the first principle of the gospel (see Articles of Faith 1:4), so of course it’s also a first principle of prayer. (Read: How to Show Faith in Christ)

    Humility. “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers” (D&C 112:10). We obtain blessings by our “diligence and humility and the prayer of faith” (D&C 104:79).

    Real intent. Does your prayer have a purpose? Are you sincere in that purpose? Are you committed to acting on what Heavenly Father communicates to you through the Spirit because of your prayer? If you can answer yes to these kinds of questions, you’re probably praying with real intent. If you’re just going through the motions or don’t mean what you’re saying, you need to change the way you approach prayer. “It [is] counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such” (Moroni 7:9). (Watch: Prayer and Inspiration)

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    Gratitude. “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” (D&C 78:19). Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests” (Oct. 2008 general conference). (Read: How to Show Gratitude)

    Desire to change and progress. Enos said, “My soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul” (Enos 1:4). Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said: “To achieve our eternal destiny, we will desire and work for the qualities required to become an eternal being. For example, eternal beings forgive all who have wronged them. They put the welfare of others ahead of themselves. And they love all of God’s children. If this seems too difficult—and surely it is not easy for any of us—then we should begin with a desire for such qualities and call upon our loving Heavenly Father for help with our feelings” (Apr. 2011 general conference). (Read: How to Change)

    Specifics. Give thanks for specific blessings. “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings” (Alma 37:37) about specific situations in your life. Acknowledge specific things you may have done that were wrong. Vague prayers have vague energy behind them and therefore probably get vague answers.

    Desire for the welfare of others. We should pray for the welfare of others, including our friends and family (see Enos 1:9), our enemies (see Enos 1:13) and “those who [know] not God” (Alma 6:6).

    Even if everything else around us seems shaky, we can have the pure love of Christ, which never fails and endures forever. The prophet Mormon knew this, so he told us how to obtain it: “Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love” (Moroni 7:48).

    So make high-energy prayer a part of your life.

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