Like many others, receiving revelation has become a crucial need in my life. Throughout my life I have always prayed, but the moment I learned that we can receive real answers, guidance and direction from God, I was determined to study how to do that.
I will never forget the first time I was awakened in the middle of the night with a prompting from the Spirit. I was so tired that twice I ignored the prompting. On the third nudge, I jumped out of bed and went quickly to see what it was the Spirit was directing me to. What I had discovered shocked and saddened me and brought me to my knees in humble prayer for days pleading for further guidance on how to handle a situation I was not prepared for. Not only did I eventually receive a clear understanding of what was happening, but I also received direction on how to handle the situation. This was the first time I experienced clearly receiving revelation, but definitely not the last time.
I can’t begin to express the gratitude in my heart knowing that the Lord walks with me in my journey through life. He knows me, loves me, feels my pain, atoned for me, and wants me to prevail through my fears, sorrows, and through the bumpy roads I may travel. I have also felt Him through the joys I have experienced. Whatever my circumstances or the direction I am heading, it is wonderful to know I am not alone, and that I can receive revelation by Him who knows what is best for me better than anyone else. ~Emilia Julian
ChurchofJesusChrist.org Blog | March 22, 2019
Personal revelation is one of the greatest gifts we receive during our time on earth. Revelation is how we know God exists, how we begin to comprehend His incredible love for us, and how we better understand His plan of salvation. Coming to know that God is aware of our needs, desires, and circumstances helps us be closer to Him. Revelation specifically for you is personal because God’s direction may be different for everyone.
One of the many ways we can receive revelation is by participating in general conference–concentrating on what we feel as we listen to the speakers and the music. What message was inteded just for you?
The Lord promises us that if we ask, we will receive revelation upon revelation, and knowledge upon knowledge (Doctrine and Covenants 46:11). President Russell M. Nelson teaches us one way to learn to receive revleation:
“Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses–yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with the actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will grow into the principle of revelation'” (“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives”).
Personal revelation is as unique as a fingerprint–it’s different for everyone. It’s important to learn how to prepare to receive revelation and how Heavenly Father communicates with you specifically.
Below are experiences of members of the Church from around the world on how they prepare for and receive revelation.
To read about these experiences, please visit The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Blog.
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