"Pray Always": Learning to Pray as Jesus Prayed

Title

"Pray Always": Learning to Pray as Jesus Prayed

Book Title

The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel

Publication Type

Book

Chapter

9

Year of Publication

1993

Authors

Editors

Nyman, Monte S. (Secondary), and Tate, Charles D., Jr. (Secondary)

Pagination

137-148

Publisher

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

City

Provo, UT

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Parry, Donald W. ""Pray Always": Learning to Pray as Jesus Prayed" In The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9-30, This is My Gospel, Edited by Nyman, Monte S., and Tate, Charles D., Jr. 137-148. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993.

Abstract

Nowhere in all of the Book of Mormon is the subject of prayer taught and emphasized in such a concentrated fashion as it is in 3 Nephi 11–20, wherein approximately sixty verses are dedicated to the subject of prayer and some eleven prayers are offered. Noteworthy is the central role that Jesus Christ plays in teaching the concept of prayer to the Nephite multitude. During his stay with the Nephites, Christ gives the Sermon at the Temple (very similar to the Sermon on the Mount) in which he instructs the people how to pray. Later he also gives them the baptismal and sacramental prayers. In addition to teaching the Nephites to pray, Jesus offers numerous prayers to the Father in their behalf. Considering the emphasis on prayer in this section of the Book of Mormon, I have focused this paper on two aspects of prayer: first, I examine Jesus’ teachings, instructions, and commandments regarding prayer during this period; second, I show that Latter-day Saints are required to make Jesus’ teachings on prayer applicable in their personal lives.
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