Last night as I was driving, I listened to a Young Womens talk given by President Henry B. Eyring back in 2008 called "Walk in the Light". Great talk. I highly recommend it to all, not just the Young Women's group. In it, he talks about how the choices we make either direct us toward the light of Christ, or pull us away from that light.
One point stood out to me:
I testify to you that you have been one of the valiant ones to reach the point where you now are in this journey of life. Just as you are marked as a target by the enemy of righteousness, you have been protected and watched over by your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. They know you. They know all of the forces and individuals around you. They know what is ahead of you. And so They know which of the choices you make, which of the desires you decide to satisfy, and which of the circumstances around you will make the most difference in keeping you walking in the light. I testify that by the Spirit of Christ and by the Holy Ghost, you may walk confidently in whatever difficulties will come. Because you are so valuable, some of your trials may be severe. You need never be discouraged or afraid. The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith.
You must have faith to pray. You must have faith to ponder the word of God. You must have faith to do those things and go to those places which invite the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Ghost.
I promise you that within the next few days you will feel the illumination of the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Ghost in your everyday life. When you walk in the light, you will feel at that moment some of the warmth and the happiness that will finally be yours when you are welcomed home again with the hundreds and perhaps thousands of others whom you will bring with you, who have walked in the light because you did.
It was the part where he said you must have faith to pray, that really struck me then.
This morning as I was driving to work, I was listening to a 2008 General Conference talk given by Elder David A. Bednar entitled "Ask in Faith". It's also a great talk, but while I was listening, a thought, unrelated to the talk itself came to my mind at the mention of this scripture:
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him as of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." (James 1:5-6)
The thought, is not one I am proud of, but anyway... "You have faith that your prayers CAN be answered, you just don't think they WILL be answered.
So, I guess I need to work on the "Nothing wavering" bit huh? :)
As Elder Bednar continues with his talk, he goes into more depth regarding taking action with our faith, and being humble with God's will. He pulls patience into the equation with reference to Ether 12:6. "wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."
There are so many different angles to approach Faith. It is not just a word that describes a feeling. It is action in itself. Having faith means to work towards something better. Having faith to pray, maybe can mean, looking forward to the chance to talk to a loving Father, who listens happily us as we pour out or gratitude, and aches with us as we share our frustrations and heartache. Having faith is actively remembering each time we bow our heads, that he rejoices as he hears us say those opening words, "Dear Heavenly Father..."