Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. D&C 88:63
This is one of my favorite verses of scripture. I’ve accepted the Lord’s invitation in this verse. I’ve sought to do my part to realize the promised rewards of: 1) finding the Lord, 2) asking and receiving, 3) knocking and having it opened unto me.
I have no hesitation in saying that the promises made in this verse of scripture are obtainable. I’ve had many wonderful experiences with the things of the Spirit when I have made the effort to draw near to the Lord.
I’d like to offer a few thoughts on how to make this verse of scripture part of our lives. Our spirit and our body need to be fed daily. If we don’t daily take those things into our body to sustain life we will quickly begin to lose strength. The same is true for our spirits. If we don’t nourish our spirits then we begin to lose spirituality. The scriptures refer to this starving of the spirit as hardness of heart and blindness of mind (3 Nephi 2:1).
I learned many years ago, that spending time with the Lord each day is vital to spirituality. This can be done in many ways. One way, is to take a timer and put all the demands on your time on hold for a set period of time and then focus on your relationship with Heavenly Father. I set the timer for 20 minutes, then turn my full attention to the Lord. Sometimes I will read scriptures or a conference talk for a few minutes and then spend the rest of the time in prayer. Other times, I will pray for a few minutes then read for the balance of the time.
I like doing this in the morning. It is a great way to start the day. It’s a simple but effective way to draw near to the Lord.
If you haven’t done this recently or ever, give it a try. Do it for 20 days or so and see if it makes a difference in your life.
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I can slog through the day in frustration and angst “in a donkey cart” or I can go through my day happy and with my burdens lightened “in a jet plane.” When I don’t have the time to do as you suggest, Jared, I climb into my donkey cart and slog all day. Twenty minutes in the morning can make all the difference.
I always appreciate your posts.