“It Was Given Unto Them What They Should Pray”

Bryan Richards

Neal A. Maxwell

"If we can achieve a significant milestone in discipleship, we will find that 'he that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God; wherefore it is done even as he asketh.' (D&C 46:30.) In that stage of advanced allegiance, Jesus' disciples prayed not only 'without ceasing' but 'they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire.' (3 Nephi 19:24.)
"Some of us seem to 'multiply words' even in brief pro-forma prayers; the above insights serve as sobering reminders as to how far that milestone—which marks pure motivation—is down the straight and narrow path; yet what exquisite ecstasy awaits those of us who will press forward and so purify ourselves so that our behavior is based on Christ-like motives."(A Time To Choose, p. 29 – 30)

Neal A. Maxwell

"Our prayers will be better if they are in fact inspired prayers." (Men and Women of Christ, p. 98)