May 6, 2015 11:32 AM EDT - For the National Day of Prayer, leaders from different faith demonstrate how they pray. Linda Otani McKinney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, says to think of prayer as "a heavenly conversation." (Gillian Brockell and Kate M. Tobey / The Washington Post)
Prayer is an important part of my life. I pray at least twice a day, morning and night, but like the woman in this video-I oftentimes have a prayer in my heart throughout the day. I have been praying to God since I was a little girl. It is perhaps the most basic part of my spiritual being. I know God is my Father in heaven, and I know that I am His daughter. I know He loves me and cares about me. I know He is interested in my life, and I sincerely believe He wants to help me as I seek Him for help. I always thank Him for my blessings as part of my prayers. Often I simply tell Him about my day. Some days I have a lot of good things to talk about from my day. Other days are a disaster. Some days I need to ask forgiveness for the things I chose to do wrong that day. I ask for help to do better the next time. I ask for help or blessings I need such as help with a personal problem, an area in my life where I just can't seem to get it together, or blessings for a loved one. A lot of times at the end of the day, I report in or thank God for the help I received from Him in answer to my morning prayers. Sometimes I pray in my heart while driving or while doing everyday tasks. For my morning and night prayers, I kneel at the side of my bed with my eyes closed. I particularly like to pray after I have read my scriptures, or when I go to the temple.
Prayer is one of the sweetest parts of my life. I look forward to it every morning and am grateful for it every evening.
Basically these are the four steps to prayer:
- Begin by saying "Dear Heavenly Father."
- Thank Heavenly Father for the blessings you feel you have received from Him.
- Ask Heavenly Father for those things you need help with.
- Close the prayer by saying "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
"Then shalt thou call,
and the Lord shall answer;
thou shalt cry,
and he shall say,
Here I am."