By LDS.org Blog Staff
September 1, 2017
Loneliness, worry, apathy, and uncertainty. These are just some of the feelings that accompany the challenges of the human experience—things like old age, struggling children, questions about God, and providing for the needs of a family.
They are challenges bigger than us. Bigger than the advice we can get from the best books. Bigger than the assistance we can get from people and programs. They are the obstacles for which God promised, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Prayer Fuels Our Daily Activities
Jesus taught us that we should look to God each day for the direction and help we need in that particular day. But do we?
Like a popular hymn asks:
Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today?
Prayer can fuel our daily activities as a shield from temptation, a rest from the weariness of fear and uncertainty, and a vehicle to “change our night into day” as His light and love more fully fill our hearts.
Author C. S. Lewis described it this way: “God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.”
Through prayer, God will fuel our marriages, our children, our jobs, our decisions, our testimonies, our feelings, and our goals. His fuel may come in such forms as wisdom, eternal perspective, courage, or peace. And His fuel not only helps us with our problems, it helps us to be our best selves, “to repent, improve, and eventually reach ‘the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.’” Elder D. Todd Christofferson reminds us that it is because we can appeal to God for the help we need each day that we can become better.
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