Thursday, February 11, 2010

3 Nephi 19

1 And now it came to pass that when Jesus had ascended into heaven, the multitude did disperse, and every man did take his wife and his children and did return to his own home.
2 And it was noised abroad among the people immediately, before it was yet dark, that the multitude had seen Jesus, and that he had ministered unto them, and that he would also show himself on the morrow unto the multitude.
3 Yea, and even all the night it was noised abroad concerning Jesus; and insomuch did they send forth unto the people that there were many, yea, an exceedingly great number, did labor exceedingly all that night, that they might be on the morrow in the place where Jesus should show himself unto the multitude.

24 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire.

This chapter describes one of the great manifestations of God to man recorded in the scriptures. The key to what Jesus was able to show the people and to what they experienced was desire. The people were so excited and filled with love for God and man that they went out through the night to tell everyone they could about the appearance of Christ and His appointed return. They were "filled with desire." That intense desire is what makes our own prayers and participation in church meetings and conferences meaningful. The direction we have from Jesus is to seek Him. Knowing Him requires desire on our part that drives us to action. That is faith.

"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal." - Helen Keller

1 comment:

Mimi said...

I find that I have a great desire as I read the scriptures. That increases my faith, magnifies my prayers and makes me feel like I need to share with everyone.