God wants us to pray

A lot of people wonder what the Book of Mormon teaches. The Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ, and it teaches everyone that they should come unto Christ. One of my favorite parts in the Book of Mormon is a verse that tells us that God wants us to pray to him always. It goes like this:

8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the aSpirit which teacheth a man to bpray ye would know that ye must cpray; for the devil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must apray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall bpray unto the Father in the cname of Christ, that he will dconsecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the ewelfare of thy soul.
This is from the book of 2 Nephi, chapter 32 versus 8 and 9. You can read more online if you want, at the Book of Mormon Online at LDS.org.
What this means to me is that there are two forces trying to get us to do two different things. On the one side, you have God and the Spirit of God, trying to get us to pray unto Him always, so that He might be able to help us in our lives. On the other hand you have satan, who fears the thought of us praying to God. In this verse it refers to satan as “the evil spirit”, and indeed that is what he is.
This evil spirit whispers to us that we should not pray. Sometimes it might tell us that we’re not good enough, or that we’ve made too many bad choices, and that God won’t listen, or doesn’t want to hear from us. Sometimes that evil spirit will try to convince us that praying won’t help, or that we’re not in a spiritual enough frame of mind for prayer.
All of these things that the evil spirit tries to tell us are lies. We should pray always, in everything that we do, so that God may be able to bless us. When we do, we will find added strength and determination to do what we know we should do. When we pray always, God will bless us, and bless our efforts so they can be for our own good. When we pray, we will be more likely to do those things that will bring us joy in this life.
If you have any questions about prayer, how to pray, why we pray, or anything else, please feel free to ask them here. If you have a private question, feel free to click the “Ask A Question” link at the top of the page- request that your question be responded to in private, and I’ll respond in an email just to you.
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