Monday, May 8, 2017

Elder Richard G. Scott on the supernal blessing of prayer

Elder Richard G. Scott (1928-2015) served as a Seventy from 1977-1988, when he was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.  He passed away in September 2015 at the age of 86.
"Prayer is a supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul. Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful personage, encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father. Actually, because He knows how desperately we need His guidance, He commands, 'Thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, in public as well as in private' (D&C 19:28).
"It matters not our circumstance, be we humble or arrogant, poor or rich, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken, we can address Him. We need no appointment. Our supplication can be brief or can occupy all the time needed. It can be an extended expression of love and gratitude or an urgent plea for help. He has created numberless cosmos and populated them with worlds, yet you and I can talk with Him personally, and He will ever answer."
- Richard G. Scott, "Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer," Ensign, May 2007, p. 8
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Elder Scott reminds us that our Heavenly Father doesn't just invite us to pray to Him; He commands us. But yet prayer is a "supernal gift" to us. The word "supernal" is not common in our vocabulary; it refers to something that is of exceptional or unusual quality, or of something that comes from above. As we come to comprehend that our loving Father is eager to encourage us, to guide and bless us as we turn to Him, we will understand how remarkable and unique this supernal gift truly is.

This is such a beautiful, hopeful invitation from our Father through Elder Scott. God is always available to us. He is always listening, and He will always answer. If we only remember this simple truth, how blessed we will be!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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