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Last week I gave a little lesson during primary. One of the suggested parts of the lesson was to share various ways prayers are answered and give examples from the scriptures or from my own life. It was a blessing to reflect on the many answers to prayers that have come over the years. There were big blessings, like when my dad began walking again after his stroke. There were smaller blessings, like Miss A's first experience with an answered prayer when she prayed for her primary teacher to find a missing part of her lesson, and when her teacher pulled the manual from the bag there was the lesson. There were answered prayers that guided paths about jobs and homes and family planning. Many times the answers I thought about did not come immediately, and sometimes they did not come the way that I'd hoped for. But I can look back and recognize that answers did come. It's almost impossible to look back at a week, or even a day, without seeing answered prayers.
I was reminded while preparing for this lesson of a simple but profound truth: there are blessings that Heavenly Father is ready to give us, but they are conditional upon our asking for them. I have thought of this often this month- how many blessings am I missing out on because I relax with my prayers and don't ask for the blessings that are waiting for me? It's made for some great reflection as well as an increased effort towards prayer.
The best part of my lesson last week was when I asked all the kids to look at me as I made them a promise. I promised each of them that Heavenly Father knows who they are, and He will answer their prayers. I know it. I know it because my prayers have been answered. The prayers of those I love have been answered. And I know that Heavenly Father loves all of us and desires to bless us as He answers our prayers. I know it. If you don't know it, put it to the test. I promise your prayers will be answered, too.