Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple Mormon religion classes.
Some of these students have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
Praying in Faith
Helaman 10, found in the Book of Mormon, teaches a great lesson about praying in faith. Nephi, who has just been rejected by his people even after performing a major miracle, is on his way home when the Lord speaks to him. The Lord commends him for his patience and faith, then gives him great power. Specifically, God says in verse 5, “I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.”
Nephi has come to learn the will of the Lord so well that the Lord can trust him with this great power.The Lord knows Nephi won’t pray for anything that is against His will. That’s great for Nephi, but how does that relate to praying in faith? Well, having faith is knowing that something will happen even though you can’t see it. Faith in God is not just believing in God, it’s knowing that He is there and loves you. Likewise, praying in faith is not merely believing that the Lord can do what you ask, but actually knowing that He will, as long as what you pray for is in line with His will.
So how on earth can an average Joe like me pray in faith? What if I ask for a bunch of things that aren’t in line with God’s will? Like Nephi, we must each learn His will. Through serious study of the scriptures and by earnest prayer, we will be blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost and will be inspired to know the Lord’s will and what to ask for. Then, as we pray, we can have faith that the Lord will indeed answer us, for we have asked according to His will.