“For It Was Given Unto Them What They Should Pray”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
True prayer is a gift of the Spirit. When our attitudes and actions are in harmony with the mind and will of God, the Holy Ghost inspires us as we pray and guides our words (see commentary on 3 Nephi 17:15-20; 3 Nephi 18:20). When the Saints pray in the Spirit, they find their prayers given to them from above (D&C 46:30; D&C 50:30); they find their words reaching beyond their thoughts, their hearts open to people and principles and ideas that they had not considered previously. This kind of prayer, prayer directed and motivated by the power of the Holy Ghost, is a revelatory experience; because our hearts have begun to tell our minds things they did not know before, we learn something from what is tittered.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4