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Can I invite you to do an experiment today…
“Would you like a hot chocolate?”
That’s a favourite phrase I use when missionaries arrive at the mission home for an overnight stay.
Each cup of hot chocolate is made with all the usual ingredients, but above all, it is filled with lots of love.
The most delicate part of the process is the 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 of the chocolate powder, for the final touches, to make it perfect.
To 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭: “put a fine or loose substance through a sieve so as to remove lumps or large particles.”
“To make a close examination of all the parts of something in order to find something or to separate what is useful from what is not.”
At zone conferences last week, I commented on how we are all being “𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒅.”
In Luke 22:31-32, at the Last Supper, calling him by his given name, Jesus said…
31. “…Simon, Simon behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭 you as wheat.”
To 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭 as wheat means to sperate the good grain from the chaff.
In other words, “You’re going to be run through the 𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 Peter. Indeed, you’re going to find out what’s in you Peter.”
In essence, you’re going to be shaken up and bounced around and go through a tough ordeal.
Like Peter, that is especially true in the mission field, where we are all 𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒅 as wheat – daily!
The 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 is done to refine us, and, in the process, we find out what we are made of, by discovering our many weaknesses.
Before that night was out, Peter had denied Christ three times.
32. “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
As Christ prayed for Peter, likewise many, many others pray on our behalf every single day, “that thy faith fail not.”
For example – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, church members and leaders, missionary companions, and many others of other faiths too, pray every day for you.
Throughout life, all of us will be 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝 and refined.
You will be shaken, stirred and cleansed to make the perfect you.
Yet, like Peter, I know that by following Jesus Christ, you will not fail.
How are you being 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝?
So, what can you do?
“𝐈𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐥” said Gordon B. Hinckley.
Prayer itself is an act of faith.
One of my favourite verses of scripture on prayer is found in the Book of Mormon, when Alma the Younger, is counselling his son Helaman…
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 37:37)
What a powerful verse about prayer, isn’t it?
And even more so that it’s counsel from a father to his son.
People of integrity say what they mean and mean what they say.
Answers come by submissively aligning our will, to God’s will.
God does not give us what we can handle; He helps us handle what we are given.
Throughout the scriptures the term fasting is frequently combined with prayer.
Sometimes we can forget the power of fasting. Yet it is a precious tool that allows us to change lives.
Fasting magnifies our ability to pray.
“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” asked Paul in the book of Acts.
We should persistently ask that question in our daily prayers, in order to know what to do.
An act of Faith
As a Christian and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am so thankful for the powerful gift of prayer and commend it to all.
Hymns 140, the closing verse reads;
“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.”
I have found so much comfort and solace through prayer.
So can you.
Thomas S. Monson said, “Prayer is the passport to spiritual power.”
Why not commune with your Heavenly Father.
Remember, no one stands taller, than when they kneel in prayer…
Why not kneel in prayer to start your day – you won’t regret it!