Do you ‘bore yourself’ when you pray?

Do you ’bore yourself’ when you pray?
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This was a thought I came across today as I studied a BYU devotional. I’ve studied a few recent talks by Elder Joseph B Wirthlin.
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I was able to meet and shake hands with him and his wife during my mission. His daughter was my mission president’s wife.
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It’s ironic how things work and what a small world we live in. My mission president was my mother’s doctor and delivered me at birth. Nineteen years later, he was my mission president.
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Now, the grandson of Elder Wirthlin, & son of my mission president & wife, is my children’s dentist.
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I was able to visit with Dr. Farnsworth yesterday during their dentist appointments. We talked quite a bit about his grandfather, so I decided to study a few talks he gave.
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He caught my attention in one of them when he asked the congregation, ”Do you bore yourself when you pray?”
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As funny as that sounds, and no matter how hard I laughed, I had to consider his question. I honestly think I have done this on many occasions.
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There are times I just pray to get it over with because I know it’s what needs to be done. Many times they are not heartfelt. How embarrassing! Here I am, talking to the creator of my body and spirit, and I’m bored. Wow!
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Let that sink in a little.
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Has it sunk in?
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Okay, maybe it has, or perhaps it hasn’t. For me, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I will view my prayers a little differently.
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I know how to pray, and I enjoy my time spent counseling with the Lord; however, I have often felt ’bored’ in doing so.
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I have found that the Lord expects me to do my homework before I ask for His help in prayer. By doing this, I am prepared to address Him with good dialogue.
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”The trouble with most of our prayers is that we give them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries—we place our order and hang up. We need to meditate, contemplate, and think of what we are praying about and for.” Hinckley
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Heavenly Father speaks to us and puts us in places where we will find reminders. My reminder came from visiting with Elder Wirthlin’s grandson yesterday at the dentist. I’m thankful I was able to hear Him during our discussion.
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Art By Jay Bryant Ward

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