May's lessons include meaningful prayer, personal revelation and, following the prophets. I admit I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to discuss about prayer . There are so many wonderful principles taught in these lessons. A sister in our ward mentioned how Heavenly Father was a "parent" in the true sense of the word, a perfect parent. This touched my heart and I felt the prompting to talk about conversing with your Father in Heaven as your Heavenly Parent. Remembering back many years, I contemplated the first time I was away from home and how I missed my mother. I missed the talking, the counseling, as well as the small daily physical and emotional contacts with her and her love and wisdom. I believe that our spirit often misses contact with our Heavenly Father in the same way. How wonderful it is to have that kind of a connection to our Father in Heaven! How wonderful to know that he cares and WANTS to know about us! He wants to have real conversations with us, to teach us, guide us, and show us his love!
In the end, I turned to an old faithful handout....prayer rocks. I hand painted a few using paint pens (Sharpies did not work well) that I found at the craft store and attached the little prayer rock poem that goes with it. As I bore my testimony, I told the girls how wonderful prayer is that it literally ROCKS! Although I started with struggles in this lesson, I felt I gained a great deal from the lesson myself. Is it not wonderful that the Gospel is so diverse and giving in this way? The Gospel of Jesus Christ really ROCKS!
Prayer Rock Poem:
MY PRAYER ROCK
I'm your little PRAYER ROCK and this is what I'll do:
Just put me on your pillow till the day is through,
Then turn back the covers and climb into bed,
And WHACK!-your little prayer rock will hit you on the head.
Then you will remember as the day is through,
to kneel and say your prayers as you wanted to.
Then when you are finished, just dump me on the floor,
I'll stay there through the night to give you help once more.
When you get up the next morning, CLUNK! I'll stub your toe,
So you will remember your morning prayers before you go.
Put me back upon your pillow when your bed is made,
your little PRAYER ROCK will continue in your aid.
Because your Heavenly Father cares and loves you so
He wants you to remember to talk to Him, you know.
|Charles M. Schultz|