Shall we pray for Satan?
Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ
When our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, was with his disciples at the Sea of Galilee, he taught them how to pray. This prayer, which we call the Lord's Prayer, is well worth studying (see Matthew 6: 9–13; 3 Nephi 13: 9–13).
The Lord advised, or perhaps even commanded, "This is how you should pray /" (Matthew 6: 9.) Now focus your mind and heart on how He began this wonderful prayer. "This is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven." (Verse 9) What an amazing moment it was. What a revelation! "Our Father," he said, "our Father".
Oh, he would have had so many other ways to begin the prayer: "O mighty Creator of heaven and earth, O mighty God, who is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent." These addresses contain sublime, true statements The word "father" taught him so many things that we need to know, yes, that we long for. God is our father. And we are his children.
The prophets of God proclaim: “All human beings - man and woman - are created in the image of God. Every person
is a beloved spirit son or a beloved spirit daughter of heavenly parents and therefore has a divine nature and a divine purpose. "(" The family, a proclamation to the world ", Der Stern, January 1996, 93).
Just as a child has a satisfying relationship with his biological father in which he feels safe, so can he also have a relationship with his heavenly Father. The child feels that he is a child of God and that God is his father. That seems normal and right to us because it is right. We proclaim: "In the premortal existence the spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped their eternal father." (Der Stern, January 1996, 93.) You knew him then. You know him now in a natural and intuitive way. How terribly sad it is is when an innocent child is so ill-treated that it is difficult for him to seek and trust Heavenly Father.
A few years ago, good friends loaned us their cabin in Island Park, Idaho. When we got to the hut, we found out that we had received the wrong key. It just didn't fit. We tried to open a window or door, but it didn't work.
Suddenly our son Steven, who was then about seven years old, called out to us that he had got the front door open. Indeed, Steven stood in the open door with a triumphant smile. I was thrilled and surprised and asked him how he did it.
He replied wonderfully spontaneous and childlike: “I bowed my head and prayed. When I looked up again, I saw the big stone next to the step and thought, 'There's a key under the stone.' And there he was. "The child's prayer had been answered. I thank the Lord for the mother who taught him to find the key at the critical moment.
Dear brothers, sisters and friends, I solemnly bear my testimony that the Lord speaks to us. He can and wants to be in touch with you. Never get the terrible thought that he doesn't care about you, that he doesn't know you. This is a satanic lie meant to destroy you.
It's just been two weeks since I emailed letters from our home in Japan to a nephew in China, a son in Pocatello, Idaho, and another nephew in Longview, Washington, using my computer. In the middle of it a miracle happened. Our son-in-law sent us a message from Salt Lake City and it immediately appeared on the screen. He just asked: "Are you there?" I answered immediately: "I'm there." This is how we "talked" to each other through the miracle of email.
Of course God can and does contact us. According to Doctrine and Covenants 88: 6-13, a light “emanates from the presence of God and fills the immensity of space.” A light “that is in everything, that gives life to all, that is the law, through which everything is governed, yes, the power of God. " This light, which "gives you light, comes through him, who illuminates your eyes, and that is the same light that enlivens your understanding."
Our father has an excellent communication system through which he conveys messages and feelings. "Yes, behold, I will tell you in mind and heart through the Holy Spirit who ... will dwell in your heart ... this is the spirit of revelation" (D&C 8: 2–3.) He knows his sheep and contact them and they will hear his voice (John 10: 14-16.)
The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us to pray. He promises us that we will also receive answers. "Therefore you must always pray to the Father in my name" (3 Nephi
18:19), he proclaims. "In your families, always pray to the Father in my name that your wives and children may be blessed" (3 Nephi 18:21).
Notice how he insists, “You must always pray to the Father in my name.” “No other name is given by which the children of man can be saved except in and through the name of Christ the Lord , the Almighty. " (Mosiah 3:17.)
We read the following impressive account in the book of Moses in the first chapter. In verse 3 the Lord proclaims: “Behold, I am the Lord, God Almighty, and Endless is my name; for I have no beginning of days and no end of years - and isn't that endless? "Moses was surely overwhelmed. Imagine how he felt about the next words in verse 4:" And behold, you are my son "(Moses 1: 4.) This is Almighty God, and" Endless is his name ". And then he says to Moses," You are my son. " What a moment. When the Lord appeared to you, He would say the same thing.
After the Lord appeared to Moses, Satan came and tried him. He commanded him: “Moses, son of man, worship me!” (Moses 1:12). Moses looked at Satan and rebuked him: “Who are you? For, behold, I am a Son of God, in the image of His Only Begotten and where is your glory that I should worship you? " (Moses 1:13.)
Moses had learned something about himself. He was a son of God. It is so vitally important that our children be reminded of this truth! Moses commanded Satan to forsake him, but in vain. Satan was angry. Again Moses told him to go away, and Satan cried and raged on the earth and did not go away. (See Moses 1:19.)
It was then that Moses realized that the challenge was greater. This was no ordinary person. Here was someone who was terrifying, angry, and powerful. Moses wanted nothing to do with it and boldly commanded: “Get away from me, Satan, for this God alone I want to worship, namely the God of glory. And now Satan began to tremble, and the earth shook "(Moses 1: 20–21.)
Here was a dark and bitter force. How could Moses resist her? At this critical moment it happened: "Moses received strength and called on God, namely: In the name of the Only Begotten, depart from here, Satan!" (Moses 1:21). Now he called on a power that exceeded his power. He drew, through the Lord Jesus Christ, from a source of strength and authority which Satan could not defy. “And it came to pass that Satan cried out in a loud voice - with weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth; and he dodged away, yes, backward the presence of Moses, so that he no longer saw him. " (Moses 1:22.)
Years ago one of our colleagues told us this touching experience: his little daughter Kim had just learned to count. She could actually count from one to ten. They were so excited that they called Grandma to hear Kim count too.
"Hello grandma. Would you like to hear me count? ”Then she began to count,“ One, two, three, ”to ten,“ In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. ”Perhaps the Savior smiled and was pleased to see Kim from one to could count ten.
When we use these sacred words, "In the name of Jesus Christ," it is much more than just an opportunity to stop praying, testifying, or speaking. We stand on holy ground. We are using very exalted, most holy and Most wonderful name - the name of the Son of God. We can now come to the Father through his beloved Son. What strength, what security, what peace do we get when we really pray in his name. This conclusion of the prayer can in many ways be the most important Be part of the prayer. We can call upon the Father through his victorious Son with the confidence that our prayer will be heard. We can ask and receive, seek and find, knock and then find the open door.
I testify to you in the holy name of Jesus Christ that God is our Father. We are his children. Jesus Christ is his only-begotten Son in the flesh. He is our beloved Savior and Redeemer. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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