I’d been praying about which question I could answer on the blog this week. Also, praying that I could say the right things. I know that I have been through a lot and have developed an unbreakable relationship with my Father in Heaven. But the question often comes to my mind. Who am I to answer these questions? Help me help those friends asking me for help.
On a dusty road, we drove past a field of For-get-me-not flowers and instantly the question I could answer this week came to my mind. “Why doesn’t he answer my prayers anymore.” A young man asked me.
The blue in the flowers seemed symbolic to how our kind loving father in heaven must fill at those words. An instant mist of tears came into my eyes as I thought of my own son or daughter thinking that I had forgotten them. As those flowers surrounded me, I got the distinct impression that our Father in Heaven could no more forget him than the sun could forget to come up in the mornings. Thoughts raced through my mind to tell that boy he has not been forgotten. And he should not forget his father.
One of my favorite scriptures is 1Nephi 21:16 it talks about how Christ has engraven us upon the palms of his hands. In the garden of gethsemane, he felt all that we are feeling. On the cross he cried, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mathew 27:46
To this young man I say, our Savior felt exactly what you are feeling. He knows you better than anyone or even you know yourself. Don’t give up. Keep praying It was shortly after Christ felt all alone that he quickly knew his trial was over. Keep pressing forward you are not alone in your desire. The Prophet Joseph Smith observed that “It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another. …” (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 305.) If you feel he’s not answering perhaps listen in a different manner in which you have been accustomed.
I remember after a few years of being a member, of the church, asking my husband. “When I first joined the spirit was so strong. Now it seems further away.”
He told me. “Perhaps he wants you to stretch, learn something, and grow even further than you have to this point.” He was right. I needed to reach for my father in Heaven. (read, study, ponder, and pray more often.) And I began to grow in ways I didn’t think possible. I think what this answer narrows down to, is to have faith in the plan your father in heaven has for you. Have faith in your ability to hear, see, and feel the direction he is leading you in. Have faith that you will understand him and the way he is communicating with you. Have faith that he for-gets-you-not.
As I looked out over the field of for-get-me-not flowers that day, I wondered how long the seeds had been planted there. We had traveled that road every summer for years and had never seen so many blossoms along the hillside. I suppose they laid, planted firmly in the faith that the rain would come and they would have their opportunity to bloom one day. The Lord will shower you with the answers you seek, be patient, learn, grow, and prepare for that time.
I had some friends help answer this question about faith. See below.
Paul Pulsipher From someone with Asperger’s syndrome who analyzes language like a computer analyzes a chessboard, I take the definition of hope from the church website (since hope is a part of the definition of faith from Alma 32) and insert it accordingly, “Faith is the confident expectation of and longing for things which are not seen which are true.”
Audrey Curtis Faith is a gift bestowed upon us by Heavenly Father. It is what we do with that faith that determines many things. We can exercise that faith. Remember that as we exercise in physical body so we must do the same with our faith spiritually. We know from Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heavenly Father answers us when we pray to him. Yet those answers are only given when Heavenly Father knows we will act upon those answers. We often learn also from the scriptures a man lacking in faith ask the Savior Jesus Christ to bless him with the faith needed because of his lack of faith. See Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Often when we start out with little faith. A talk given to us in October 2003 by James E Faust we have the following: To all those with lingering doubts and questions, there are ways to help your unbelief. In the process of accepting and rejecting information in the search for light, truth, and knowledge, almost everyone has—at one time or another—some private questions. That is part of the learning process.
Sustaining faith can be the ultimate comfort in life. All of us must find our own testimonies.
A testimony begins with the acceptance by faith of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the head of this Church; and the prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith. The gospel as restored by Joseph Smith is either true or it is not. To receive all of the promised blessings we must accept the gospel in faith and in full. However, this certain faith does not usually come all at once. We learn spiritually line upon line and precept upon precept. For those of you who, like the biblical father, say, “I believe; help thou mine unbelief,” you can have a confirmation by following the direction of the Book of Mormon, which challenges us to ask “God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ,” regarding the truth that can only come by faith in Christ and by revelation. However, there are two indispensable elements. One must “ask with a sincere heart, with real intent,” and then God “will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”
Britt Lujan Faith is believing without seeing.
Sarah Kersey Morrison Faith is being so disappointed in how things are going (in life, the world, etc.) that you want to give up… but you don’t because you know there’s something better for you and if you just hold on, God will reveal it. And you hold on to that little glimmer of Hope knowing God holds onto His promises to us.
Kendal Levine “Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel”
That is most definitely my favorite quote at the moment!
Paula Olson-Martin Faith is a deep in your soul feeling, you can’t prove it, touch it or smell it or see it…. but you know it.
Bob Ed Piller Faith is something that U get when U get up each day & thank your Father in heaven for watching over U all through the night & U get up in the morning feeling good after a nights rest & I thank my Father in Heaven for another day to see his world & all that he has created for all mankind so just get down on your knees & thank your father in heaven for what U are blessed with.
Here are some great video on prayer.
“Mormon – Prayer and Promptings”