Getting Answers from God
LDS Beliefs, My Mormon Life
I’ve never been responsible for an income. I have no idea what it is to have that kind of pressure. The closest I’ve come to it was this past week when my husband and I decided I would need to pay back my student loans on my own.
He’s always been the bread winner and I the stay-at-home mom. Seeing my income will be required for student loans, I’ve wondered how to provide that and still be the mom my children need. I’ve even questioned my major as a viable choice for future employment. I chose my degree to achieve a dream, not an income. Do I need to rethink my future to support family needs rather than personal wishes?
How do we make those hard decisions? How can we confidently choose our futures? Do we have to do it alone?
The LDS church believes God is as invested in us today as he was in days of old and that he continues to provide guidance to his children. We call this intimate communication “personal revelation”. It is available to us all.
Do you want to know what job to choose? Have you chosen the right major? Do you need guidance in how to repair a relationship? Whatever it is, you can have God’s input on the matter.
Prophet/President Harold B. Lee taught that “every man has the privilege to exercise these gifts and these privileges in the conduct of his own affairs; in bringing up his children in the way they should go; in the management of his business, or whatever he does. It is his right to enjoy the spirit of revelation and of inspiration to do the right thing, to be wise and prudent, just and good, in everything that he does.” (Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, pp. 141–42.)
How to receive Revelation:
1. Study it out
First – we have to do our own due diligence. Research the matter. Make a pro and con list. Get a full understanding of the problem and then make your decision before going to God.
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
2. Prepare to Receive Revelation
If you want to receive revelation or answer from God, you need to align yourself for that blessing. Are you making good choices? Are you trying to live a good life? Are you in a place where if He was to whisper/inspire an answer that you would hear and receive it?
A few things you can do to prepare:
- Be Humble & Reverent – Have profound respect & love towards God, recognizing your dependence on him
- Keep the Commandments – Live righteously so you are in tune to receive the answer
- Study the Scriptures – Go to God’s words for inspiration, you may find your answer there
- Take time to Ponder – think about your options and what God would want you to do ~ See Preparing to Receive Revelation
3. Ask in Faith
You’ve studied the matter, made your decision and have worked hard to prepare yourself. You’re now ready to ask God what he thinks. Time to pray.
- Begin by addressing God, “Dear Heavenly Father . . .” or “God in Heaven” however you’re comfortable addressing him.
- Thank him for your blessings (children, home, your ability to provide for the family, the beautiful weather, etc.).
- Tell him what’s going on. Explain the situation – the pros and cons, and how you came to your decision.
- Ask him if your decision is right, if he thinks it’s the best thing for you and yours.
- Listen, have faith and wait for the answer.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must astudy it out in your bmind; then you must cask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your dbosomshall eburn within you; therefore, you shall ffeel that it is right.
9 But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a astupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is bsacred save it be given you from me. ~ Doctrine & Covenants Section 9 vs. 8,9
If it’s Right – your heart will burn, it’ll feel warm like a big bear hug.
If it’s wrong – you’ll forget what you’re praying about, you’ll forget what choice you made, you’ll lose focus.
That’s it. This form of receiving revelation is through prayer. I remember being on my knees for 45 mins. as a girl – before I felt that “burning” in my heart. Be patient.
Forms of Answer
The Lord may choose not to give you an immediate answer. It may come later in a good thought, a calm or peace feeling about your decision, an excitement for your choice and the new opportunity, through the advice or service of another, etc. Prayer is only one way to receive an answer.
There are also times when God lets us choose. He may not have an opinion on the matter. . . . it could be that you’re choosing from two good things and either would be pleasing to him. He’ll leave the choice to you. If you suspect this may be the case and want confirmation . . . Just ask, “Heavenly Father, are you leaving this up to me?”
My answer came with an excitement for a new opportunity I hadn’t previously considered. Additionally, the new option answered all of my questions and concerns about degree choice, future employment, and so forth. The advisor also specifically addressed matters that I talked to God about. I felt at peace and knew that Heavenly Father had helped and guided me through the process. And yes, I was sure to say a “thank you prayer” afterwards.
I know that we can receive God’s guidance in our lives. We do need to do a little work to prepare ourselves. . . but if we do all that we can, and take the matter to him – he’ll give us aid. I pray that you will find this too.
For more information on seeking and receiving revelation: