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Elder David A. Bednar

Quorum of the Twelve

"Prayer is communication to Heavenly Father from his sons and daughters on earth ... Revelation is communication from Heavenly Father to his children on earth."

Revelation is received through the Holy Ghost, a "witness of and messenger for the Father and the Son."

Prayer becomes more meaningful as we "counsel with the Lord in all our doings ... as we express heartfelt gratitude and ... as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart."

Just as God created the world spiritually before it was created temporally, prayer can be a spiritual "creation" of the day, before the execution of the day's activities.

"Just as the temporal creation was linked to and was a continuation of the spiritual creation, so meaningful morning and evening prayers are linked to and are a continuation of each other.

"Prayer becomes meaningful as we remember our relation to Deity" and heed the scriptural admonition to counsel in all our doings with the Lord.

Expressing gratitude should be an important part of prayer. "The most meaningful prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few if any requests." Ingratitude invites the wrath of God.

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