9- But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child’s prayer.
Some say that Heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray.
Heavenly Father, I remember now,
something that Jesus told Disciples long ago.
Suffer the children to come to me,
Father in prayer i’m coming now to thee.
Pray, He is there.
Speak, He is listening.
You are his child,
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer,
He loves the children,
Of such is the Kingdom,
The Kingdom of Heav’n
(Child and Mother/Father verses sung together)
Repeat last line.
1. Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today? [Chorus] Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day.
So, when life gets dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.
2. When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
3. When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was full of sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?
*For Younger Children* Read or explain “Prayer Is Reverent Communication between God and Me” (Friend, Oct. 2011). Discuss the questions about prayer in the article. Testify of the importance of communicating with Heavenly Father through prayer.
The math teacher handed out a test. Stefanie had studied for it, but she was still nervous. Before she started working the problems, Stefanie said aprayer in her mind. She asked Heavenly Father to help her remember what she had studied.
At night, Daniel knelt down and said his bedtime prayer. Speaking out loud, he thanked Heavenly Father for his blessings and asked that his sick sister would feel better soon.
Stefanie’s and Daniel’s prayers were different, but they were both talking to Heavenly Father. We are His children, and He wants to hear from us.
- Can you pray for comfort when you are lonely?
- Can you pray for peace when you are afraid?
- Can you pray for healing when you are sick?
- Can you pray for help and guidance?
- Can you pray for other people who might need help or comfort?
The answer to all of these is yes! We can pray to Heavenly Father about anything at anytime. It is also important to thank Him for our blessings when we pray. We can pray out loud, as Daniel did, or we can think aprayer in our mind, like Stefanie. No matter how we pray, Heavenly Father will always hear us.
There are many stories in the scriptures of people praying to God.
- The brother of Jared prayed that stones would shine so his people could have light in their barges (see Ether 3).
- Enos prayed to receive forgiveness (see Enos 1).
- Joseph Smith prayed to know which church to join (see Joseph Smith—History 1).
Heavenly Father heard and answered their prayers, just as He will hear and answer your prayers today.
Testify of the importance of communicating with our Heavenly Father through prayer.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read and discuss the excerpt from “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayers” (Ensign, Nov. 1989). Discuss the importance of praying daily, individually and as a family. Listen to President Monson’s testimony of prayer. Testify of the power of prayer.
To better understand prayer, I have listened to the counsel of others, pondered the scriptures, and studied the lives of prophets and others. Yet what seems most helpful is seeing in my mind a child approaching trustingly a loving, kind, wise, understanding Father, who wants us to succeed.
Don’t worry about your clumsily expressed feelings. Just talk to your Father. He hears every prayer and answers it in His way.
When we explain a problem and a proposed solution, sometimes He answers yes, sometimes no. Often He withholds an answer, not for lack of concern, but because He loves us—perfectly. He wants us to apply truths He has given us. For us to grow, we need to trust our ability to make correct decisions. We need to do what we feel is right. In time, He will answer. He will not fail us.
I have described the absolute reality of our relationship with our Father. There is nothing about us He does not know. He is conscious of our every need and could provide all of the answers. Yet, because His purpose is our eternal happiness, He encourages us to make the correct choices.
Sometimes, like a child, we misbehave, act unwisely, and feel we cannot approach our Father with a problem. When communication is strained, how wonderful it is to have a Mediator who works things out when we obey His counsel and repent. Such is our Elder Brother, the Savior.
(Link to full article: Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayers)
Discuss the importance of praying daily to our Heavenly Father, individually as well together as a family.
Follow this link to listen to President Monson’s testimony of prayer. President Monson talks about Prayer
Testify of the power of prayer.
Eclair Dessert Squares or Snickerdoodles
Eclair Dessert Squares
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
1 cup hot water
1 cup flour
2 large boxes (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding
4 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 – 2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 Tb butter
3 Tb milk
1 cup powdered sugar
In microwave or stovetop, bring water and butter to a boil until butter is melted. Pour into mixer with wire whisk attachment (or use handmixer). Add flour and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Spread on greased large cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Crust will bubble up. Take out of oven and flatten bubbles with spatula while still hot. Allow to cool.
Whip pudding with milk and softened cream cheese until mixture is smooth. Spread over cooled crust.
Beat whipping cream with 2 heaping spoonfuls of powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pudding.
Melt chocolate chips over low heat and add all other ingredients. Beat well with wire whisk until smooth. Drizzle on top. Refrigerate dessert before serving.
1 1/2 cups sugar
Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, shortening, and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until set. (Don’t overbake!!) Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool.
(Recipes taken from www.thesisterscafe.com)
1- Prayer Memory Game – Follow this link – Prayer Memory Game. The cards on this page show different situations where children are praying. Cut out the cards and mount them on heavier paper. Play a memory game by mixing up the cards, placing them face down, then turning over two to see if they match. If they don’t match, turn them back over and pick two more cards. On the blank pair of cards, draw or write about a situation when you have prayed to Heavenly Father.
2- Service – As a family, choose a neighbor or ward member who you would like to serve. Decide together how you would like to serve them. Shovel their driveway, just stop by for a friendly visit, or even share your family home evening treat!