Receiving answers from the spirit doesn't have to be hard. Here, I share three personal examples of how my prayers were immediately answered, and 3 simple things you can do to get easy answers to your prayers.
The day had been rough. I'd been experiencing sadness and frustration, with episodes of tears spotting the day. I wasn't sure exactly where it was coming from. I'd done my best to change this state....I'd sat and allowed the feelings to move through me. I'd written about what I was feeling. I wrote about how I wanted to feel. I had prayed and listened to scriptures. But it was now around 4pm, and I was still in and out of this state
I decided that I needed to get out of the house, to go somewhere, anywhere, to feel better. One quick task, and then my husband and I were off!
Ask as if it has already happened
Before our little adventure, I headed to the basement. I had sheets to take out of the dryer
I started to fold the beige and white striped sheets, noticing how dingy and dirty they still seemed. The smelled fine, but the areas where our skin touches the sheets were noticeably darker than the edges. (Getting laundry truly clean is one of those tasks I'm not really fond of.)
I noticed how white the edges of the sheets were compared to the other parts. Were the sheets just old and ready to be replaced? I had used a scoop of my homemade laundry soap and let them soak in hot water, and yet they were still dirty. Sigh.
Given the way the day had been, I felt a bit of frustration well up.
However, instead of focusing on freshly washed and yet still unclean sheets, I decided to change my perspective. "I wonder what I did to get these sheets clean?" I asked a simple question, anticipating an answer.
I set aside the fitted sheet and picked up a pillowcase to fold. As I did so, I noticed a big clean spot in the middle of the dingy area. What?? That's interesting....oh!
I realized that that clean spot was the part of the pillowcase I had used to scoop out the detergent from the mason jar. I'd rubbed it around on the material before dropping it into the washing machine so it wasn't a big glop.
I had asked a simple question as if it had already happened.
Trust what you receive
As I finished taking the rest of the sheets from the dryer (and putting them back into the laundry basket so I could get them clean, with my newfound knowledge), I again asked a simple question: "I wonder what I did to enjoy my time with Rodger tonight?" Almost immediately, an image flashed through my mind. It was an image of a road to drive and a park to visit.
I followed that impression...off we went, driving south along the Mississippi, to a local park. This part has hiking trails and camping area. We drove up into the woods and got out to walk around and sit under the shade of the trees in a large grassy area. As we sat and talked, I could feel the sadness melt away. I felt relaxed and calm. Peaceful. It was exactly what I needed.
I trusted what I received and followed it.
Ask for what you want
In the distance, someone was playing rock music. It must have been very loud at their campsite for us to hear it. We really wanted to enjoy the sounds of nature, not of a radio station blaring. There's so much noise in our world today, but all of the noise makes it difficult to hear the Spirit.
I said a silent prayer: "Heavenly Father, if there is anything you can do to make that music stop so that we can enjoy the quiet, I would be very grateful. Thank you. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
About 30 seconds later, the song finished, and it was suddenly quiet. The music stopped!
Rodger and I sat and enjoyed the peace, the sounds of the birds, and the calmness that continued to wash over us. We were able to rest, to find peace. We had an enjoyable, positive conversation about our dreams and desires.
I asked for what I wanted.
We finished off our impromptu date night with a visit to a restaurant we'd never visited. The rest of the evening was peaceful and the mood for both of us was much nicer than earlier in the day. My husband even commented later how much being in the woods helped him relax and be ready to sleep.
What do you desire?
Heavenly Father answers our prayers. Many can be answered immediately. All you have to do is to ASK. Ask for what you desire. Ask from a place of curiosity about how something was done, and trust that you will receive.
As your faith grows, you will find that you get answers quicker, and the things you can ask for get bigger. Recently, I asked for $500 to come to me. I imagined what that would look and feel like, and had a specific purpose for the money. A week and a half later, it showed up! I was thrilled and grateful and excited.
Keep asking, keep practicing, keep growing your faith. If you're stuck, ask Heavenly Father what to ask for. He knows what you need. He loves you more than you can even imagine. Remember that He is your Father and wants to bless you. You can get answers to your prayers.