PRAYER

Prayer is encouraged by the LDS Church and is part of its church life. They believe it is a time to communicate with God and get to know Him and His desires. They do not pray to Jesus Christ or to the Holy Ghost, but direct all of their prayers to Heavenly Father. The power of their prayers is dependent upon their worthiness. “The power of prayers depends upon you.” (True to the Faith, p. 119) Through prayer Mormons can secure blessings that God is ready to give them, but only if they exercise faith and are obedient to living the LDS gospel.

Please notice the requirement to ask in faith, which I understand to mean the necessity to not only express but to do, the dual obligation to both plead and to perform, the requirement to communicate and to act.  (David Bednar,Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Ask in Faith”, April 2008.)

“If you have a difficult task before you, Heavenly Father is pleased when you get on your knees and ask for help and then get on your feet and go to work. He will help you in all your righteous pursuits, but He seldom will do something for you that you can do yourself.”  (True to the Faith, p. 121)

Mormons normally do not fold their hands or place their arms behind their back while they are praying to Heavenly Father. The LDS Church teaches that the proper posture for prayer is to cross their arms in front.