Prayer was the focus of our lesson Sunday as we looked at the parable of the unjust judge and widow, the healing of a blind man, Zacchaeus receives Jesus in his home, and Lazarus is raised from the dead. Prayer is a manifestation of our faith. We show through prayer that we look to God for help. Our answers may come soon or late, but when they come (and they will come) our faith is strengthened. We can be healed. We can be whole. He will direct and guide, strengthen, comfort, and perform miracles in each of our lives. For he loves everyone of us. He wants to help, but we need to ask. Our thanking, our asking, shows our faith. In turn, miracles happen and we feel the love of God. I have no doubt.
"The passage of time has not altered the capacity of the Redeemer to change men's lives. As he said to the dead Lazarus, so he says to you and me: '... come forth.' (John 11:43.) Come forth from the despair of doubt. Come forth from the sorrow of sin. Come forth from the death of disbelief. Come forth to a newness of life. Come forth."
Thomas S. Monson
"The Paths Jesus Walked"
Ensign, May 1974, 50