Invite the Influence of Heavenly Ministration
After dismissing adversarial influences in preparation for prayer it is also important to actively invite and acknowledge your willingness to receive the ministration of those that are sent from the Father’s presence to bless you.
A method through which the Lord often delivers comfort, instruction, messages, and influence is through the ministration of divine agents. Often from our own family lines, many are sent to bless us and influence us from the other side of the veil.
Their ability to interact with us is tied to our awareness, sensitivity, and willingness to receive from the Lord. As we begin our prayers we can ask for the full influence of those that are sent from our Father in Heaven to bless us – and we can express an openness and the invitation to receive the ministers of these gifts.
Joseph F. Smith taught the following:
“When messengers are sent to minister to the inhabitants of this earth, they are not strangers, but from the ranks of our kindred, friends, and fellow-beings and fellow-servants… [Our] fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again, bringing from the divine Presence messages of love, of warning, or reproof and instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh.[i]”
The angels that are sent to us speak by the power of the Holy Ghost and we are to feast upon their words.
Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.[ii]
Discovering, recording and being taught the words of Christ – the things that we shall do – is fundamental to the prayer of transformation. It will be treated in greater depth later in this series of essays.
[i] Gospel Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1970, pp. 435–36.
[ii] 2 Nephi 32:3