Don’t worry about your clumsily expressed feelings. Just talk to your compassionate, understanding Father. You are His precious child whom He loves perfectly and wants to help. As you pray, recognize that Father in Heaven is near and He is listening.
-Elder Richard G. Scott, April 2007 General Conference.
Asking God for our daily bread rather than our weekly, monthly, or yearly bread is also a way for us to focus on the smaller, more manageable bits of a problem. To deal with something big, we may need to work at it in small, daily bites. Sometimes all we can handle is one day—or even just part of one day—at a time.
-Elder D. Todd Christofferson, CES Fireside Jan 2011
My beloved brothers and sisters, communication with our Father in Heaven—including our prayers to Him and His inspiration to us—is necessary in order for us to weather the storms and trials of life. The Lord invites us, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me.” As we do so, we will feel His Spirit in our lives, providing us the desire and the courage to stand strong and firm in righteousness—to “stand … in holy places, and be not moved.”
-President Thomas S Monson General Conference Oct
Second, place your burdens on Jesus Christ. When you feel overwhelmed by expectations and challenges, do not fight the battle alone. Follow the example of small children, and drop to your knees in prayer.
-Elder Anthony Perkins of the Seventy May 2006
The diligence in prayer which God requires does not take flowery speech nor long hours of solitude.”
– Henry B. Erying “Prayer” October 2001 General Conference
In my life I have learned that sometimes I do not receive an answer to a prayer because the Lord knows I am not ready. When He does answer, it is often here a little and there a little because that is all that I can bear or all I am willing to do.”
– Elder Robert D. Hales “Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done” October 2011 General Conference
I long have been impressed with the truth that meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as ‘a form of work, .. . is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.’ We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say ‘amen’ by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father.”
– David A. Bednar “Ask in Faith” April 2008 General Conference
The Lord can hear a simple prayer, offered in faith, in half a dozen words, and he will recognize fasting that may not continue more than twenty-four hours, just as readily and as effectually as He will answer a prayer of a thousand words and fasting for a month.. . The Lord will accept that which is enough, with a good deal more pleasure and satisfaction than that which is too much and unnecessary.
– Russell M. Nelson “Lessons from the Lord’s prayers” April 2009 General Conference
Prayer is most effective when we strive to be clean and obedient, with worthy motives, and are willing to do what He asks. Humble, trusting prayer brings direction and peace.”
– Richard G. Scott “Using the supernal Gift of Prayer” April 2007 General Conference
The special language of prayer follows different forms in different languages, but the principle is always the same. we should address prayers to our heavenly father in words which speakers of that language associate with love and respect and reverence and closeness.”
-Dallin H. Oaks “The Language of Prayer” April 1993 General Conference
It is necessary that we communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer. He wants us to do so; He’ll answer our prayers.”
– Thomas S. Monson “Stand in Holy Places” October 2011 General Conference
It is a mistake to assume that every prayer we offer will be answered immediately. Some prayers require considerable effort on our part. True, sometimes impressions come when we have not specifically sought them. They generally concern something we need to know and are not otherwise able to find out.”
-Richard G. Scott “Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer” October 1989
If you need a transfusion of spiritual strength, then just ask for it. We call that prayer. prayer is powerful spiritual medicine. The instructions for its use are found in the scriptures.”
-Boyd K. Packer “Balm of Gilead” October 1987 General Conference