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Leading up to Christmas – Day 24 (evening)

<– Day 23                      Day 24 (sundown) –>

3 Nephi 1:13 – 14

“Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.

Behold, I come unto my own, to fulfill all things which I have made known unto the children of men from the foundation of the world, and to do the will, both of the Father and of the Son—of the Father because of me, and of the Son because of my flesh. And behold, the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.”

Finally, after “crying mightily” all day long for the lives of his people, what sweet words of comfort!  The Lord didn’t have to answer that prayer.  The time was imminent.  He answered that prayer as a tender mercy to Nephi who had been so dedicated.  It looks like He also answered Nephi’s prayer to give some instruction.  Nephi and the other believers, at this point, were probably as humble as you can get.  Humility is not a weakness.  If we have humility it just means that we accept that we don’t know everything there is to know and that God does.  If we are humble, we are teachable.

In verse 14 He tells us why He is coming and why He is called the “Father” and the “Son”.  I think it’s pretty revealing.  We pray to God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ.  They are two separate beings.  It doesn’t matter which one answers our prayers because They are one in purpose.  It is God’s plan and Jesus Christ is carrying it out.  Both, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, are essential to the plan.  We can learn several things about Their nature if we study, think about (ponder) and pray about these scriptures.  I hesitate to venture any further because when I can’t explain things well it usually means I need to understand it better myself.  And I don’t want to present the half-baked ideas as my testimony.  I do know that I would be SO relieved and comforted by this answer to my prayer if I had been there.  Now my anticipation for the coming of the Christ would not be laced with fear of what my neighbors might do to me.

Leading up to Christmas – Day 23

<– Day 22                                           Day 24 –>

3 Nephi 1:12

“And it came to pass that he cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying:”

It wasn’t just a quick prayer that the prophet offered.  Nephi prayed, pleaded, all day.  He was desperate for his people.  After humbly pleading with the Lord, all day long, the Lord spoke to him.  I’ve had prayers answered before.  Not all prayers are answered within a day or by receiving the words.  Sometimes people cross our path who turn out to be the answer to years of prayers.  But I have had experiences with prayers answered in the way that this verse describes too.  Sometimes the answer comes in the form of reading a scripture that is exactly what I needed to know at that time.  Or it comes by help from a friend or a call or message from a family member with perfect timing.  There have even been times where I’ll have a thought pop into my head that is the perfect solution to my problem.  I believe those all to be the Lord speaking to me.  Sometimes, a thought pops into my head so immediate and direct that I can almost hear a voice.  I have thought (or heard), “You can do this!” when I needed encouragement.  Or, “I’m still here” when I needed comfort.  It’s the Holy Spirit who helps us communicate to Heavenly Father and Him to us.  All these answers to prayer are called revelation.  We don’t pray to a prophet, living or dead.  Although the living prophets receive revelation pertaining to us, we are obligated to receive it for ourselves by praying and asking whether or not it is true.  So sometimes a simple “Yes” or “No” is the answer I receive from the Lord.  Sometimes additional prayers are needed like, “Help me discover how this applies to me”.   I bet you Nephi’s people are praying this day too.  They’re families lives are threatened by the unbelievers!  (Their anticipation for Christmas is quite different than ours today.)

Prayer is a gift given to each human being and if we, sincerely, want to know the answer we will receive it.

Inn Keeper