Gift of Prophecy #2
Number 6: Lucifer seeks to overpower our testimony.
Luke 22:31 (JST) “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired you that he may sift the children of the kingdom as wheat.”
When I first read this verse, I wondered what ‘sifting the children of the kingdom as wheat’ meant. Elder Dallin H. Oaks in his address in April of 2009, says it “means to make us common like all those around us.”
Elder McConkie quotes the same verse and says, ” In essence and thought content, Jesus is saying, ‘Peter (my words: we could all insert our names here) Satan wants you in his harvest. He wants to harvest your soul and bring you into his garner, where he will have you to be his disciple”….
There are other scriptures that validate this, but the point is, the Adversary will continue relentlessly to try to overpower our testimony. Maybe that is by telling us that knowledge is enough and we do not need to change our behavior or put into practice our beliefs. Maybe he will use the persuasion of the world to try and convince us that what we once knew could not be so or doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter how he does it. We have to make a concerted effort on a daily basis to enrich our testimony. Otherwise, we may find ourselves in a place where Lucifer is successful in overpowering our testimony.
Number 7: Others are praying for us.
When we feel discouraged in our ability to strengthen our testimony, we need to remember that the Savior prays for us. He prayed for Peter. He has prayed for others. I have heard the prophets testify that they keep us in their prayers. Our posterity and our ancestors are probably praying for us and so our those around us who know we need their strength. We are not alone.
And when we are converted ourselves (testimony and conversion are different—but that is a different post altogether), we have a responsibility to help others become converted. That all begins with testimony
What kinds of things do you do to strengthen your testimony? Do you have an experience where you have been strengthened through prayer, yours or another person?