Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles in his "Improving our Prayers"
(Liahona, August 2004, Pp. 16-23) used Psalm 37 as revealed David's
words as "inspired process for active prayer and faith. He
considered it as a "step-by-step process that may serve as a
pattern for the latter-day saints to follow as they seek to increase
their faith and improve the efficacy of their prayers."
These consists of 6 steps. "Fret
Not" is the first step. To fret means to worry or to brood
something. The first thing we must do is stop worrying. When we worry
about the future, we create unhappiness in the present. Righteous
concern may lead us to take appropriate action, but worrying about
things we cannot control can paralyze and demoralize us. Instead of
worrying, focus on doing all that you can, and then leave the
worrying to your Heaven Father. If your heart is right with him, He
will take care of the worry and the fear. We must learn to "fret
The second step is to "trust in
the Lord." Why we should trust Him? Because He us our loving and
all-wise Father in Heaven. Because He is the giver of all good gifts.
Because He knows us and wants us to be happy and successful and to
return to Him. God is in His heaven. He is perfect. He loves us.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
own understanding." "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and
he shall direct thy paths."
The third step is "do good."
We do good because we are followers of Christ . We do good because we
are members of His church. We do good because we have made solemn
covenants to serve as a light unto the world. Our Heavenly Father
expects our actions to serve as a living testimony to our words. As
we do good, the Lord can bless our efforts.
This is not to say that we must never
make a mistake, "for all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God." The Lord requires that we seek Him with a humble
heart, that a repent of our sins, and that we continue to do the best
we can. As we make mistakes, we should learn from them and strive not
to repeat them. As we do so, we become ever more Christlike, ever
more as men and women of God.
The fourth step is "delight
thyself also in the Lord." Instead of worrying or grumbling that
our prayers have gone unanswered, we should delight ourselves in the
Lord. Be grateful. Be happy, know that the Lord, in His time, will
bring about all your righteousness desires-sometimes in ways we
predict, sometimes in ways we could not have possibly foreseen.
The fifth step is to "commit thy
way unto the Lord." No matter what our worries are, commit
yourself to keeping His commandments. Brethren, honor your
priesthood. Sisters, cleave unto the Principles of light and truth.
And the sixth step is "rest in the Lord." Sometimes the
hardest things we can do is wait. The Lord has His own timetable, and
although it may frustrate us, His timing is always perfect. When we
rest in the Lord, we allow Him to work His will for us in His own
time and in His own way.
"Prayer is the doorway through
which we commence our discipleship to things heavenly and eternal. We
will never be alone so long as we know how to pray," conclude