GCBC Week 25: “The Privilege of Prayer” by Elder J. Devn Cornish

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Next to LAST talk.  Conference is coming.

You will remember this talk if I give you two hints:  fried chicken and a quarter.  See?  It was a great story that helped us learn that Heavenly Father cares about everything that we care about– even things that might seem insignificant.  I love Elder Cornish’s testimony and stories about prayer.

The Privilege of Prayer by Elder J. Devn Cornish

” When we truly believe that God rules His kingdom and that He has all power and all glory, we are recognizing that He really is in charge, that He loves us with a perfect love, and that He wants us to be happy. I have found that one of the secrets to a joyful life is to recognize that doing things the Lord’s way will make me happier than doing things my way.”

What are some of your favorite insights from this talk?  Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “GCBC Week 25: “The Privilege of Prayer” by Elder J. Devn Cornish

  1. Elder Cornish was our son’s mission president. For some reason having that personal connection always makes me pay better attention. Here are some of the thoughts that stood out to me:

    — Heavenly Father knows each of us individually and personally. He wants to bless us, but he can’t infringe upon our agency.
    — We must ask and pray in faith.
    — We must LIVE our prayers.
    — “Prayer is the passport to peace.” (President Monson)
    — “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.” (Bible Dictionary)

    I loved the title of the talk. Prayer really is a privilege, and it’s a precious gift that I know I don’t take as full advantage of as I ought to. I appreciate the reminders that I should, and can, improve. And I’m thankful for the blessings and miracles that come if I just try.

  2. I used this talk for our FHE lesson last Monday. The fried chicken story was a great way to start and then I talked to my kids about the pattern set out in the Lords Prayer. I liked E. Cornish’s reminders that Heavenly Father really does KNOW us and wants to give us blessings.

  3. This is such a simple talk but so ful of wisdom. It truely was inspired. My favorite part is when he speaks about how our Heavely Father cares about the little things that will bring His children joy.

  4. The simplest prayer can be answered so beautifully by our HF. I love that – it has happened many times in my life with my children from lost toys to kind words. Love the talk

  5. I often remember from this talk that the Lord is willing to grant blessings because we ask. Sometimes we aren’t even willing to ask. We take on that toddler attitude and are going to “do it ourselves”. I loved that He wants to grant IF we will ask.

  6. I liked how he broke down the Lord’s Prayer and showed us how it teaches us to pray. Many people use that prayer word for word, Brother Cornish showed us how we can use it and still have a prayer without vain repetition. I also liked President Monson’s quote at the end of the talk…

    “Prayer is the provider of spiritual strength; it is the passport to peace. Prayer is the means by which we approach our Father in Heaven, who loves us…Miracles are wrought through prayer.”

  7. I loved “prayer is the provider of spiritual strength; it is the passport to peace.” A beautiful reminder because I know I need strength and peace EVERY DAY.

  8. When Elder Cornish talked about forgiving others, he said “Then we must drop the matter completely, letting the Lord take it from there, if we desire to be healed.” That was such a good reminder to me. A while ago, a situation caused many of my loved ones a lot of pain. Even though we are all moving on and I have tried to forgive, I still find myself occasionally thinking about the situation and having negative, unforgiving thoughts. Stopping these thoughts and thinking about something else will show my faith and help me “drop the matter completely.”

    I also liked how he said, “It takes faith to remember that the Lord answers in His time and in His way so as to best bless us.” The reason why we sometimes have to wait and why we sometimes don’t get the answers we want is because what Heavenly Father has in store, and his timing will bless us best.

  9. I love the reminder to show gratitude and to praise Heavenly Father. I always tell Him I love Him at the end of my prayers, but recognizing that we know He is in charge, and praising his Glory… I love this talk :)

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