We are told to be faithful, that if we believe we will be delivered.

This brings to mind the following questions.  How strong is my belief?  Does proclaiming my belief but feeling fearful negate my belief?  Is my life really a mirror of my beliefs?

Let’s look at this a little closer.

Prayer

One of my strongly held beliefs it that I express my belief through prayer.

Prayer is talking with God.  You may have heard, if you want to talk to God, Pray.  If you want God to talk to you, read your scriptures.  Hopefully the prayers are not just words but an extension of your heart and soul.  When we enlist to serve the Master, we are asked to serve Him with all of our might, mind, and strengh with our body, mind, and soul.  When our prayers are just words, we are not really communicating in the way we ought to.  We are told to pray always, to always keep a prayer in our hearts.  How do we do this?

We are always pouring out our hearts and minds to the ether.  We are broadcasting our beliefs through our feelings and actions.  We can act with faith or act without faith.  Our feelings, what we are always thinking about, how we feel about something will always change the way a certain event is experienced and even how we experience life.

One person I know told me about looking for his keys, certain that his wife had put them some place where they didn’t belong.  He looked for about twenty minutes before finding them IN HIS LEFT HAND.  He was absolutely CONVINCED that the keys were in a place they didn’t belong and kept looking and looking.  He is certain that he must have actually seen the keys in his hand or felt them at some point but because of his strong belief that he had to find them and they were some place they didn’t belong, his mind was interpreting, twisting, and deleting data that conflicted with his belief that the keys were some place they didn’t belong.  This is just one example of how it works.  If he simply chose to believe that he already had his keys (even if he didn’t know exactly where they were at that exact moment) he probably would have found them in his own hand a lot faster.

It colors how we view our human interaction.  If someone is rude to me on the street, I can view that person as a jerk.  Or I could view them as a person with a lot on their mind and probably just trying to make it through the day.  Sometimes I tend to assume the best of people I know and think the worst of people I don’t know.  I am choosing to start believing the best of others.

How does this affect prayer?  If I believe that if I am fearful of prayers not being answered or that I need to pray to avoid the worst from happening, then it really is a faithless prayer.  God is good and wants to bless us and by believing that God is good and wants to bless us I open the way for these blessings to come forward in my life.  By changing my belief patterns, it expresses more faith in God.

If I pray, but keep envisioning tragedy, loss, heartache, and sadness, it negates the Faith necessary to receive the blessings.  It is another form of the description “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”.  Our hearts determine the blessings we receive far more than the words we say when we pray.  We need to be faithful.

Is Life a Mirror?

The short answer is yes.  Think about it.  We have all sorts of desires that we focus on but do not pray about.  We are still going to receive things consistent with our beliefs and desires.  One of the purposes of Prayer is to acknowledge God as the giver of all things.  It is also an opportunity for us to obey the commandment to be thankful in all things.

If you believe that God is not real, then your perspective will color events and you will see things in your life to bolster that belief.  If you believe God is real, you will begin to see His hand in many things and your belief will be strengthened.

We are told “ask and ye SHALL receive, knock and it SHALL be openen unto you”.  These are unequivocal statements.  If you are asking in your heart for things that are bad for you, you will get them.  If you are asking in your heart for good things, you will get them.  It really is that simple.  This verse in Jacob 4:14 is one example of how it works:

But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and theydespised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble.

Part of what makes this verse interesting is what is not said.  It does not say they prayed for it, but that they “sought” and “desired” it.

Another very interesting verse has to do with our ability to understand things based on our belief from Mosiah 26:3.

“And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God; and their hearts were hardened”.

There was a causal link between their unbelief and their inability to understand.

If we want to see the Hand of God in our lives, we need to believe that God has a hand in our lives.

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