From the Bulletin:
Elder David A. Bednar shared three principles that can help our prayers become more meaningful.
- Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all our doings (Alms 37:37).
We are promised that if we pray sincerely for that which is right and good and in accordance with God's will, we can be blessed, protected, adn directed (3 Nephi 18:20;D&C 19:38). During the course of the day, we keep a prayer in our heart for continued assistance and guidance - even as Alma suggested: "Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord" (Alma 37:36).
- Prayer becomes more meaningful as we express heartfelt gratitude.
As we strive to make our prayers more meaningful, we should remember that "in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things and obey not his commands" (D&C 59:21).
- Prayer becomes more meaningful as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart.
The Savior is the perfect example of praying for others with real intent. In His great Intercessory Prayer uttered on the night before His Crucifixion, Jesus prayed for His Apostles and all of the Saints, "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine..." "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word...that the love wherewith thou hast love me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:9, 20, 26)."
Elder David A. Bednar, "Pray Always," Ensign. November 2008, 41.