My first Sunday in Charlotte a girl played a piano solo called, A Child's Prayer. At that time I didn't know anyone there, I was there with my mom but she was going to leave soon. I felt lonely and scared as I started my career in a city I didn't know. As I listened to this beautiful solo I thought of the words and felt so much reassurance that Heavenly Father heard my prayers. To this day when I hear the primary children sing this song or in another form my eye's well up in tears, because I know the words of this song are true. On Father's Day our church choir sang this and I have been told that it made my dad quite emotional which is so sweet to me. Many times as I have been lying in bed over the past 3 weeks the words of this song come to mind and give me peace. The words of the song go as followed:
1. Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer ev'ry child's prayer?Some say that heaven is far away,But I feel it close around me as I pray.Heavenly Father, I remember nowSomething that Jesus told disciples long ago:"Suffer the children to come to me."Father, in prayer I'm coming now to thee.
2. Pray, he is there;Speak, he is list'ning.You are his child;His love now surrounds you.He hears your prayer;He loves the children.Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav'n.
I love what the Bible Dictionary say's about prayer:
As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.
So many prayers have been said by so many people in my behalf over the past 3 1/2 weeks. I am so grateful for all of those prayers. I know that Heavenly Father hears all of those prayers. I don't know how He hears them, but I know he does. I have felt at peace from the prayers of so many and am so grateful for continued prayers. Prayer doesn't take what I am going through away, but it does make it easier and does make me feel closer to my Savior and our Heavenly Father. Please keep praying for me and my family. I testify Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers.
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