“And his name shall be called
The Mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace“
With the world in the state it is right now even just moments of peace can be the biggest blessing we could ask for.
The end of last year and the start of this year had a lot of things going on that were hard for me, I found myself struggling to find anything positive to focus on, let alone actually being positive. I spent hours every day pouring my heart out in prayer. They were the only moments I found peace while everything was going on and I clung to it like a lifeline. You know what stinks, or shall I say who stinks?…Satan…He has a way of taking the things that bring you comfort and peace and making you question your worth of receiving them.
For days and days I was starting my prayers with an apology for once again begging for peace, for comfort, for being so needy. Looking back I can’t help but roll my eyes at myself, it’s so obvious it was Satan I was allowing to influence my thoughts, how dumb could I be?
Imagine for a moment, if you can, feeling like I was feeling, feeling like a burden, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, feeling lost and scared, and feeling like the person you were turning to was getting tired of hearing from you.
Now imagine sitting in the eye doctor waiting room, picking up a magazine, and reading the following:
“At the very moment we say, “Father in Heaven,” He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy–love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him the very moment you say, “Father in Heaven.” So a moment of prayer is a very, very sacred moment. He is not one to say, “No, I will not listen to you now because you only come to me when you are in trouble.” Only men do that. He is not one to say, “Oh, you cannot imagine how busy I am now.” Only men say that.” ~Elder Juan A. Uceda of the Seventy
We are promised time and time again that if we but ask our prayers will be answered.
I love this quote from President Thomas S. Monson “Prayer is the provider of spiritual strength; it is the passport to peace. Prayer is the means by which we approach our Father in Heaven, who loves us. Speak to Him in prayer and then listen for the answer. Miracles are wrought through prayer.”
Prayer is the passport to peace. As we’re looking for peace we should always turn first to prayer.
I hope this Easter season brings you peace, comfort, and the opportunity to spend lots of time with your loved ones.