The Power of Prayer!

18 12 2014

Christmas is getting so close! I’m super excited! The work gets difficult out here because everyone just wants to meet “After the Holidays” but it’s all good. It’s still fun and everything is going great! Plus, it does open a lot of doors and ways to share messages because Christ is the true gift of Christmas!
The Area is really starting to pick up now! I can’t believe me and Elder Gill are halfway done with our training process! I feel like he is training me and I learn so much from him. I am so impressed and amazed at his desires and willingness to serve. He is a champ.

This week we started seeing a couple with 2 children. They are soooo good. The mom is a less active who is recovering from neck surgery. She wants to come back. We gave her a blessing and that’s how we met them. Her name is Allison. They have two kids, Riker and Brooklyn. They are the 2nd cutest ever to Madi and Kate. I spent a lot of our visit playing connect four and rock paper scissors with Riker. He is 6, almost 7. He is begging us to let him be baptized when he is 7. haha I wish I could help him out. He spent a large part of the lesson massaging my shoulders…it was super awesome.. haha. But they have a lot of potential! Nick said he could certainly see himself wanting to get baptized. We just got to get them to church and get them some friends.

This week at church, we had a super good lesson on prayer. First of all, if you aren’t on your knees, you lose about 50% of the power, so start there! haha. Humble yourself! Next, read 2 Nephi chapter 4 because that is probably one of the best prayers in the whole Book of Mormon. I mean WOW. What if we all always had prayers like that? It’s incredible. Next, read the bible dictionary section of prayer. Specifically this part…
“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.
There are many passages in the New Testament that teach the duty of prayer (Matt. 7:7; 26:41; Luke 18:1;21:36; Eph. 6:18; Philip. 4:6; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17, 25; 1 Tim. 2:1, 8). Christians are taught to pray in Christ’s name (John 14:13–14; 15:7, 16; 16:23–24). We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ—when His words abide in us (John 15:7). We then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart.”

That is just so eye opening to me. There is so much that I would love to talk about but I just don’t have time. Prayer is the way and an appointed means for us to obtain the highest of all blessings! Use it! Abuse it! It’s such an amazing gift from God. And as long as we are praying in Christ’s name and aligning our will with his, we are promised answers. It’s my goal to always have compassionate, deep, and sincere, conversations with my Heavenly Father for the rest of forever! It’s so refreshing.

Also I’m pretty good friends with the other district leader in our Zone – Elder Tui’One. We are having a #DunkContest this month. I told him my district would out-baptize his this month! It’s so fun when it’s a competition! hahah.
Thanks for all your love and support! Love you all!

-Elder Fischer

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