Sunday, May 11, 2014

Power prayer vs. check-it-off-the-list prayer

Today I taught our young women about prayer. 

We made a list of the differences between the two kinds of prayer. We've all been on both sides of the line, right?  We know there is more power in the kind of prayer that is sincere, meaningful, connecting, and like a two-way conversation. We know there isn't much power in the other kind. Although I think it's better than nothing. But still not much power there. 

Maybe it's like if the power goes out and you compare the light from a slim birthday cake candle with a high-power LED lantern. There's almost no comparison. 

I told the girls that power prayers are like taking a huge extension cord and plugging it in from you to God.  Suddenly you have more power, protection, perspective, strength, and true priorities than you ever could on your own. 

We need to plug into Heavenly Father's power. He wants us to. But He won't plug in for us. 

Here's the list we came up with. 

Here's the goal we set. 

30 days of power prayers. I invited the Laurels (16-18 year old young women) to choose from our chalkboard list one or more things to improve their own prayers and do that for 30 days. I just started when I got home from church to amp up the power level of my prayers. Wanna join me? 

Two of my favorite prayer quotes.

"If we do not feel like [praying], we should pray till we do." (Brigham Young, DBY, p. 44, quoted by Marvin J. Ashton, Know He Is There)

"God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe." (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast)

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12 Tips for power praying rather than check-off-the-list praying.

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