3 Nephi 19: 24, 25 – 26, 27 – 30, 31 – 36

Verse 24: And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, He came unto His disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto Him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire.

        From this scripture I learn that learning to pray for the desires of our hearts without many words is possible. The feelings and thoughts of our hearts can be expressed concisely with clarity to God. The Spirit of God can guide us what to pray for. Then truly our prayers are experiences of sincerity and unity.

Verse 25: And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto Him; and His countenance did smile upon them, and the light of His countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof.

Verse 26: And Jesus said unto them: Pray on; nevertheless they did not cease to pray.

            I am grateful when I feel the Savior smile upon me. When my heart is right, my efforts the best I can give, I feel His gratitude and joy. I want to feel His smile more often and so I continue to seek His will and ways in my daily choices. I know that He always loves me. I want to show that I always love and remember Him.

            I also feel His smile even when I turn to Him in my weaknesses and failures. His smile of love and encouragement helps me to keep striving (to get back up after falling). He doesn’t criticize but encourages.

            I want my obedience to Him to be as complete as I can make it as evidence to Him that I love Him and will always remember Him and keep His commandments. Sometimes life gets in the way of my remembrance. I keep trying. It is my deepest desire to be a true disciple of my Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.

            Jesus wants us to continue praying because it is through our prayers that we can understand, change, and receive Heaven’s help because we seek it.

Verse 27: And He turned from them again, and went a little way off and bowed Himself to the earth; and He prayed again unto the Father, saying:

Verse 28: Father, I thank thee that thou hast purified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith, and I pray for them, and also for them who shall believe on their words, that they may be purified in me, through faith on their words, even as they are purified in me.

Verse 29: Father, I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me out of the world, because of their faith, that they may be purified in me, that I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one, that I may be glorified in them.

Verse 30: And when Jesus had spoken these words He came again unto His disciples; and behold they did pray steadfastly, without ceasing, unto him; and He did smile upon them again; and behold they were white, even as Jesus.

            Jesus’ prayer to Heavenly Father teaches us a few things. When Jesus choses disciples or servants, they are or become pure vessels to do His work. It is a person’s faith in God which allows them to do God’s work as disciples of Jesus Christ. God’s work is to save souls and His disciples are instruments in teaching His words for that purpose. People who believe on the words of God’s servants may also become purified in Jesus Christ because of their faith.

            The words of God whether by His own voice, or by the voice of His servants, has the same power to increase our faith in God and to, as we follow His words, purify our hearts and minds. With faith in God and purified souls, people come out of the world, in other words, choose God’s ways over the world’s ways. They do His works. They help others. They become His disciples. They seek God through prayer, studying His words, and doing His works. This brings the smile of God upon His disciples. When they make mistakes, they repent, and keep striving.

            Surely God’s smile is joyful as He watches His children increase in their love for and desire to follow His ways. He loves each one of us but joy comes as we progress toward Him through following His words and obeying His ways. Let us bring joy to God by striving in our daily lives to listen to His servants, live His word, increase our faith, and live His way.

Verse 31:  And it came to pass that He went again a little way off and prayed unto the Father;

Verse 32: And tongue cannot speak the words which He prayed, neither can be written by man the words which He prayed.

Verse 33: And the multitude did hear and do bear record; and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which He prayed.

Verse 34:  Nevertheless, so great and marvelous were the words which He prayed that they cannot be written, neither can they be uttered by man.

            To hear and understand words so marvelous that they cannot be uttered by others or written would indeed be a marvelous experience. To be taught by Jesus Christ’s example of service would impact the hearts of humble people. Because of their experiences, these people had broken hearts. They were ready to be taught. They had opportunity to learn in marvelous ways both as Jesus taught those He called to serve and as He served the multitude.

            Do we value the marvelous words of God which He gives to us in our day and that are written in the scriptures? Do we value the words of His called servants? Are our hearts humble and our spirits contrite so that we are able to hear the great and marvelous things of our time?

Verse 35: And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying He came again to the disciples, and said unto them: So great faith have I never seen among all the Jews; wherefore I could not show unto them so great miracles, because of their unbelief.

Verse 36: Verily I say unto you, there are none of them that have seen so great things as ye have seen; neither have they heard so great things as ye have heard.

            The experiences the called Ancient American disciples of Jesus had in the few days that He was with them were a result of their faith. Jesus compared it to the lack of faith among the Jews whom He spent His whole life with. If we are not experiencing great miracles in our own lives, we need to look inward. Do we use faith to navigate our days or do we dwell in unbelief?

            The gathered multitude observed what Jesus did and how He taught the disciples. They had their sick and infirm healed and their young children surrounded by angels and spoke marvelous things. They heard Jesus pray marvelous words. They had many sacred experiences that touched their hearts, deepened their faith, and would change their actions.

            Jesus Christ can visit us as well. In the scriptures, the words of living prophets, the voice of His Spirit in our hearts and minds, and in answer to our prayers, we can feel His presence, His love, and His invitation to Come Unto Him. As we seek Him, we will find.

            We can know that He is aware of us individually and loves each of us. I know this is true because I have experienced it in my life. I have seen it in others’ lives. It is our willingness to walk along His path, and to be open to receive His words, that allows changes to happen in our hearts and minds.

            It is a marvelous thing to see one’s life changed day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, and decade by decade because of the choice to have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, individually one by one.

            May our desire and our faith lead us to the miracles of Jesus in our hearts, minds, and lives.

Dani

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