I am so tired today. All I’ve done is sleep and read. Mostly sleep. I’m adjusting to a new eating lifestyle, recommended by the doctor, of intermittent fasting. I’m pretty excited about this; it’s given me a lot of hope for my future health and ability to overcome some of the physical challenges I’ve been dealing with for a long time.
I read the (LDS) sacrament prayers (think communion) today in the Book of Mormon, and I find myself wondering why they are phrased in the order they are. Generally speaking, we have been (in the LDS church) taught to pray to Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, but – hang on, I’m about to sing the Children’s Primary song here-
“We begin by saying, Dear Heavenly Father;
We thank Him for blessings He sends;
Then humbly we ask Him for things that we need;
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
So why do we usually pray in that order when the Sacrament prayers are in the name of Jesus right off the bat?
3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/4?verse=3&lang=eng#p3
2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/5?verse=2&lang=eng#p2
I don’t know if it matters much, but I’m curious and want to give it more thought and maybe talk it through with Mr. Hot Stuff. When I’m not falling asleep on my feet.