One of the first questions that we ask those investigating the LDS church is whether or not they believe that He is answering their prayers. There are many who feel that Heavenly Father does not answer their prayers. They look around and notice that He is clearly answering the prayers of others…but theirs go unanswered.
John 8:47 says, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” The word “heareth” is used to mean understand. So we cannot understand the word of God if we are not of God. In other words, we cannot expect God to answer our questions if we are not living in a way that the Holy Ghost can dwell within us. Are we living worthy of the answers we seek?
How do we become “of God.” 1 John 4 (in The Holy Bible) talks a lot about becoming “of God.” It says that those who “knoweth God” can hear the words (which would infer that if they can hear them then they must be “of God”), and those that know love, know God. It also says that little children are of God, which agrees with Christ’s teaching in Matthew that, “Except ye…become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3).” 1 John also teaches that to be “of God” you must “[confess] that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.”
Likewise The Book of Mormon tells us how we can become “of God.” In Moroni 7 verse 13 says something that is of God is something “that which inviteth and enticeth to do good continually…and to love God, and to serve Him.” Much like the world around us, WE must invite and entice others to do good continually by our example and influence in others lives. Doctrine and Covenants says, “He that speaketh, whose spirit is contrite, whose language is meek and edifieth, the same is of God if he obey mine ordinances (52:16).” The Lord has given us ordinances that, if we follow and obey, will make us become men and women of God, and not men and women of the world.
It is hard to understand the answers that Heavenly Father is giving us if we aren’t living in a way that we cannot recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost–if we are not “of God.” We must be loving to everyone; we must invite and entice others to do good continually, to love God, and to serve him; we must be as little children; we must have a contrite spirit and language that is meek and edifying; we must obey His commandments, and confess that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer. We must know God. Do you know God?