Pray Faithfully

By Dave Schaal, First Presidency

…Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.  Mark 9:50

When I reach for the salt, I give it little consideration. It’s simply a seasoning that we use  with little thought or reflection.

This would not have been the case in Jesus’ time. More than just a seasoning, salt was a preservative necessary to sustain life in lean times. In addition, the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) show salt was to be used in some sacred rites. So when Jesus tells his disciples, “Have salt in yourselves,” he was saying something about the spirit that needed to be “in them” to sustain their faith and the faith of others.

A mentor of mine went through many personal difficulties. At times his heart was broken. Still he insisted on praying each day, as often as he could remember. He also took time for his own healing, while making sure he continued to help people in need.

I became convinced this combination of constant prayer and care for hurting people caused him to uphold a powerful faith that sustained him and inspired others. He had “salt within himself.”

How is your salt?

Prayer for Peace:

Faithful God, our tears roll down into the cracks of our broken hearts, and there your salty Spirit heals.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Each day this week receive and share blessings of community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the network of relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life. What blessings flow to you from these circles?

Reflect, pray, and write in your journal about the call to be “Community of Christ.” Go deeper each day as you “discern and embrace” the “divine blessing” of this name that opens you to “become a blessing to the whole creation” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:1). What act of blessing are you invited to complete?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will pray as often as I can remember.

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