5 Tips to Get Heavenly Help on Simple and Perplexing Problems!

Seeking Divine Help With Our Problems Requires Some Spiritual Maturity

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If a problem perplexes you, a good strategy is always seeking advice from someone who knows more about it than you do. Heavenly Father is omniscient. That means He knows everything. It makes sense to rely on His expertise.

So, why do we not take our problems to Him more often than we do? We must look awfully silly to Him as we stumble and bumble our way through difficulties He is anxious to help us with.

We Have to Ask Him for Help

The first step is asking for His help. Prayer is simple. Daily communication with our Heavenly Father is crucial. Unlike other religions, LDS do not need to pray together at the same time or at a particular place. We can pray any time and anywhere in groups or individually.

Heavenly Father prefers a constant channel of communication with us. He always hears us. The problem is us hearing Him.

We Have to be Spiritually Able to Hear the Answer

Shouting at people who are deaf is pointless. They cannot hear. If you are spiritually deaf, Heavenly Father can spiritually shout at you and you would not hear Him either.

In order to hear spiritual things, you have to take certain steps to enable your spiritual ears to hear. A few simple steps can often suffice:

  • Try and keep all the commandments you can.

Focusing on secular things and ignoring spiritual things will cause spiritual deafness. Students do not learn if they are not paying attention to the teacher. In addition, all teachers must have some cooperation from their students in order for the student to learn and the teacher to teach.

It is the same with us and Heavenly Father. Spiritual learning comes from focusing on spiritual things.

We Have to be Willing to Act on What He Tells Us

Why seek guidance if you do not intend to follow it? Ignoring expertise and doing what we want anyway would make most people reluctant to give us guidance. Apparently, this happens with Heavenly Father as well:

Remember that if we resist correction, others may discontinue offering it altogether, despite their love for us. If we repeatedly fail to act on the chastening of a loving God, then He too will desist. He has said, “My Spirit will not always strive with man” (Ether 2:15). Eventually, much of our chastening should come from within—we should become self-correcting.

Seeking His guidance and then ignoring what He tells us is crazy. If you ask Him for help, you must be willing to act on what He tells you to do.

We Have to be Willing to Take No or Not Yet for an Answer.

Most people, especially children, want help right here and right now. They insist on everything occurring on their time table. Heavenly Father tells us what we need to know, when we need to know it. This may not correlate to our own time schedule and what we want. However, we must be willing to wait, if we have to.

Throwing a spiritual fit and demanding an immediate answer will not get us anywhere. He knows what is best for us. We just have to rely on His judgment and soldier on.

We Have to be Willing to Rely on Him

Being willing to rely on Him means we stick with Him. We do not abandon Him or His commandments and spiritually sulk.

He has assured us He will stick with us, if we stick with Him. He will not abandon us, unless we abandon Him and make it impossible for Him to help us. In a way, this puts us in the control.

We do not deserve help if we cut ourselves off from Him. It is silly to even expect it. Loyalty and persistence pay off in the long run; provided we are loyal and persistent in the right things.

If you truly believe Heavenly Father is there, there for you and an omniscient and omnipotent being, it makes sense to always do what He tells you to do and when He tells you to do it.

Substituting your own judgment for Heavenly Father's is the height of stupidity and arrogance. Relying on Him is smart!