Jacob provides keys to true joy.
“…Remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.” (2 Nephi 9:52)
-Can prayer establish a connection with God and, thereby, help a person live in the joy and peace of His Spirit?
-Does the joy and peace that comes from the Spirit testify of God’s power to lift and save one’s soul?
-Does having that testimony from the Spirit help one to exercise faith in Jesus Christ day by day?
-In light of the above questions, how are prayer and gratitude related to both joy in this life and salvation in the eternities?
-What is keeping your heart from rejoicing?
-Is it freeing to know that according to God’s word we should let our hearts rejoice in the beautiful hope and truth of which the Spirit testifies?
After expressing his eternal trust in the Lord, Nephi also emphasizes how the Lord is standing ready to pour out blessings upon those who ask for that which is right in His eyes.
“Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss.” (2 Nephi 4:35)
-How can we learn to ask not amiss?
-Is it tempting to ask God to override others’ free will? Are there circumstances where He would do so?
-If a prayer is not answered, does that mean the prayer was amiss?
-What is the difference between the timetables one might have in his or her mind for an answer to a righteous prayer and the Lord’s timetable for answering the prayer?
-How does God give liberally to those who ask righteous things of Him?