Wednesday Words

In my search for a fitting family home evening lesson for Wade and me Monday night, I cam upon an article from the Ensign entitleld, “No Substitute for Family Prayer by H. Kent Rappleye.  In it he quoted many modern day prophets about our need for family prayer to safeguard  us and our youth from the evils of the world.  We were encouraged to have family prayer both morning and night, especially in the morning to send our children off into the world with the protection and blessing from Heavenly Father.  Here are some of the quotes from various prophets.

Pres. Hinkley said:

“Parents, safeguard your families. … Pray together. There is no substitute for family prayer when all kneel together before the Lord” (May 1999 Ensign).

“A return to the old pattern of prayer, family prayer in the homes of the people, is one of the basic medications that would check the dread disease that is eroding the character of our society” (February 1991 Ensign).

President Heber J. Grant said this:

“I am convinced that one of the greatest things that can come into any home to cause the boys and girls in that home to grow up in the love of God, and in a  love of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to have family prayer.  . . .I believe that there are very few that go astray, that very few lose their faith, who once had a knowledge of the gospel, and who never neglect their prayers in their families, and their secret supplications to God” (October Conference 1923).

George Albert Smith said:

“I fear that, in the midst of the world’s confusion, of hurry and bustle, many times homes are left without prayer and without the blessings of the Lord; these homes cannot continue to be happy” (Sharing the Gospel with Others 1948).

President Kimball taught:

“No mother would carelessly send her little children forth to school on a wintry morning without warm clothes to protect against the snow and rain and cold. But there are numerous fathers and mothers who send their children to school without the protective covering available to them through prayer—a protection against exposure to unknown hazards, evil people, and base temptations”  (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 122–23).

“When we kneel in family prayer, our children at our side on their knees are learning habits that will stay with them all through their lives. If we do not take time for prayers, what we are actually saying to our children is, ‘Well, it isn’t very important, anyway. We won’t worry about it. If we can do it conveniently, we will have our prayer, but if the school bell rings and the bus is coming and employment is calling—well, prayer isn’t very important and we will do it when it is convenient.’ Unless planned for, it never seems to be convenient (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 117–18).

The Savior’s counsel to us:

“pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed” (3 Ne. 18:21).

This article has inspired me to work harder at having family prayer both morning and evening, and I hope it does the same for you and your family.  If members of your family are going off at all different times, then it was suggested that there should be multiple morning prayers and evening prayers so that each member of the family has that blessing.

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