Alma the Younger went on a mission to a group of Nephites that had rejected the Church of Jesus Christ and dissented from the Nephites. They had followed the teachings of an anti-Christ called Korihor, and now worshiped an incorrect form of Deity due to their misunderstanding of the nature of God.
These people, the Zoramites, worshiped God once a week in their synagogues by standing on a pedestal in the center, raising their hands towards heaven, and 'praying' as loudly as they could,
"Holy, holy God; we believe that thou art God, and we believe that thou art holy, and that thou wast a spirit, and that thou art a spirit, and that thou wilt be a spirit forever. Holy God, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren; and we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren, which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers; but we believe that thou hast elected us to be thy holy children; and also thou hast made it known unto us that there shall be no Christ. But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast elected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast elected us, that we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren, which doth bind them down to a belief of Christ, which doth lead their hearts to wander far from thee, our God. And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen." Alma 31:15-18
They then went home and didn't think about God the rest of the week. They called this Holy Stand a Rameumptom.
|An Illustration of How Not to Pray|
The example of the Zoramites teaches us things not to do. First, don't pray with vain repetitions. I think vain has two meanings here. When we're vain, we think only of ourselves, and so our prayers are only about us. Vain can also be pointless or futile. You know how when you say a word several times over, it stops making sense and loses it's meaning? Sometimes we do the same thing, praying exactly same prayer over and over again because we're stuck in a routine.
Second, our religion needs to be a part of our lives, not a once-every-seven-days thing. I bet if the Zoramites, with their incorrect notions of God and Christ, had remembered God in their day-to-day lives, they wouldn't have been quite so wicked. How blessed are we to have a fullness of the truth. Imagine how much closer to God you could be just by reading your scriptures every day and praying sincerely each morning and night.
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legs don't fall asleep.
The point is: Pray Sincerely. It's good for you.