Meditation for Inspiration

August 15th, 2007  |  Published in Mormonism, Spirituality, Testimony  |  2 Comments

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Several years ago, I had the chance to attend church in a city where I had lived when I was younger. I’m not sure why, but I remember a challenge that the teacher gave us that day in Sunday School: instead of jumping quickly into bed after praying, listen and meditate so that we can receive an answer to our prayers. The teacher that day explained to us that we should treat our prayers as a two-way communication with one of our closest friends; if we wanted God to be able communicate to us, we shouldn’t hang up on him after we’re finished with our side of the conversation.

I remember going home and trying this out that night. I was a teenager at the time, and my main focus seemed to be spending as much time as I could enjoying myself. Since my family was on vacation, I wasn’t in my normal routine so I had to really make an effort to not only remember to pray but to meditate for a time afterward. I remained in the same position for a few minutes until I became a bit uncomfortable. It was then that I realized that I wasn’t really meditating, I was just kind of sitting there.

After a while longer, I began to think a little bit deeper. I forgot about my previous discomfort, and I was able to clear my mind a little more. This kind of preparation allowed me to receive a very calm feeling all around me, and I began to realize that inspiration was only possible if we opened our hearts and really wanted to learn.

Since then I’ve had that same feeling many times, but it has only come when I have opened up my heart and slowed down my mind. I’m extremely grateful for that Sunday School lesson, when I learned how to communicate with my Heavenly Father.

Have you considered the effectiveness of your prayers, your efforts to reach toward Him from this mortal life? How close do you feel to your Heavenly Father? Do you feel that your prayers are answered? Do you feel that the time you spend in prayer enriches and uplifts your soul? Is there room for improvement?

–Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Improving Our Prayers,” Ensign, Mar 2004, 24–31

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  1. Beth says:

    August 15th, 2007 at 9:53 pm (#)

    There is definitely room for improvement in that particular area, so I appreciate that post. Thanks.

    We recently had a stake conference which was broadcast from Salt Lake, and I think it was Elder Bednar who gave a great talk on prayer. He mentioned that, just like the earth and all of creation was spiritually created before it was temporally created, morning prayer is the way to spiritually create our day so we may go about it in the way that it should be done. I really like that idea and need to do better about making that happen for me every day.

  2. Alex says:

    August 16th, 2007 at 9:51 pm (#)

    It’s most often the things that I’m trying to improve on that I like to write about. Thanks for your comment, too! Elder Bednar really has an interesting view that I hadn’t heard before.

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