Sister Marie Ann Birch spoke today at the BYU-Idaho devotional and delivered the message titled “Be Prayerful.”
The address focused on why praying is a vital and necessary part to receiving revelation to the questions we ask.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, Birch shared all about how she is still learning how to recognize the answers she receives.
“There are so many questions that we are having, but it’s always easier to look back and see, ‘Oh the Lord has blessed me here and the Lord blessed me there’ we just need to remember,” Birch said.
Birch explained that receiving answers is different for everyone and the only way to find out how the Lord speaks to you is to ask for Him to show you.
“Most of the time it is just a feeling that I get,” Birch said.
Birch quoted Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who explained that usually your first answer is the one you should follow.
“The adversary comes in and tells us that we aren’t good enough, and that we shouldn’t be able to talk to our Heavenly Father, but that’s not true,” Birch said.
Birch also touched on when we don’t receive an immediate answer to our prayers. She said some answers come later, maybe not even in this lifetime.
“We just need to be patient, have faith and know that Heavenly Father will answer them, but it’s not always in our time, it’s in His,” Birch said.
Birch taught that revelation wouldn’t be possible without prayer. She spoke of the power it can bring when applied throughout our life.
“I don’t think we use it enough,” Birch said, “I don’t think we use it to the extent that maybe it needs to be.”