This is a suggested guide to help you prepare for one of the most epic experiences of your life. It will be one of the most difficult marathons you have attempted, and yet, it may yield the greatest blessing. Its purpose is to plan and execute a night of complete devotion, praise, prayer, and love to your Father in Heaven. What do you desire?
Let’s consider Enos’ experience from the Book of Enos:
1 Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man [His Father had been declared “Just” of the Lord, born again and exalted.] —for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—
2 And I will tell you of the wrestle [Not a comfortable thing.] which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins. [He sought his baptism of fire and Gift of the Holy Ghost.]
3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, [born again] and the joy of the saints, [Second Comforter] sunk deep into my heart.
4 And my soul hungered; [wanted with all his heart] and I kneeled down before my Maker, [humbled myself] and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; [to receive this blessing] and all the day long did I cry [great emotion] unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens. [His faith saw that God heard him, he knew it.]
5 And there came a voice [heard in his mind] unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. [Confirmation that he had received the baptism of fire and gift of the Holy Ghost.]
6 And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. [Enos is made clean.]
7 And I said: Lord, how is it done? [The pattern of asking questions.]
8 And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole. [To be saved is to be whole in spirit.]
9 Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore, I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them. [Desire to be a Servant.]
10 And while I was thus struggling in the spirit, behold, the voice of the Lord came into my mind again, saying: I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments. I have given unto them this land, and it is a holy land; and I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity; wherefore, I will visit thy brethren according as I have said; and their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads.
11 And after I, Enos, had heard these words, my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord; [He knows God will answer him.] and I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren, the Lamanites. [Prays for his enemies.]
12 And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith. [seeking revelation and acting upon it.]
13 And now behold, this was the desire which I desired of him—that if it should so be, that my people, the Nephites, should fall into transgression, and by any means be destroyed, and the Lamanites should not be destroyed, that the Lord God would preserve a record of my people, the Nephites; even if it so be by the power of his holy arm, that it might be brought forth at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they might be brought unto salvation—
14 For at the present our strugglings were vain in restoring them to the true faith. And they swore in their wrath that, if it were possible, they would destroy our records and us, and also all the traditions of our fathers.
15 Wherefore, I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records, I cried unto him continually, for he had said unto me: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it. [Just like you will all the day and night, when you pray as Enos!]
16 And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records; and he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time.
17 And I, Enos, knew it would be according to the covenant which he had made; wherefore my soul did rest. [The promise of God.]
18 And the Lord said unto me: Thy fathers have also required of me this thing; and it shall be done unto them according to their faith; for their faith was like unto thine.
Enos was very much like you. He had heard of the great joy of those who had received their baptism of fire and witnessed the Lord. He did not receive everything at once. It first came to his mind, and then he received the blessing he was seeking.
Treat this night as your tribute to the Lord, to pour out your heart in love and thanksgiving to Him. Don’t ask for anything except to be made clean and be with Him. Simply express your praise and gratitude, asking Him to bless all with whom you know and associate.
The Enos Prayer can be attempted in the comfort of your own home, or you can find a private place in nature, away from the world to seek the Lord. Here is my list of things to do if you were going into the wilderness:
- Plan to be as comfortable in your private tent as possible. Bring enough warm clothing that you may worry about being too warm; over-prepare! If you get too cold it may hamper your experience.
- Come fasting. This is a personal choice, but try and remove all distractions including work, family, phone, food, and stresses. Only focus on the Lord.
- Bring a long list of action items for what you will pray about. This will help prevent you from running out of things to pray for.
- Plan to pray in a sitting position or kneeling. Do not lay down or you may fall to sleep.
- Bring a lamp.
- Bring a hymnbook.
- Bring your notes and something to write with.
- Bring your scriptures.
- Bring a lot of faith!
Here is a suggested plan to help you have an epic Enos prayer. The more thought and time you put into this the more you will be able to exercise faith to come to the Lord, and as Enos said, “. . . raised my voice high that it reached the heavens.”
Make a list of every blessing you can think of, and express to the Lord your gratitude in detail.
1) Spiritual experiences
3) What I’ve learned
4) Beauty in the world
5) Home, conveniences
6) World, air, food
7) Loved ones, wife, children, parents, family
10) Dreams, visions
12) Places I’ve been
16) And much more…
Make a list of every title of praise you can think of for the Lord. Make up your own. As many as possible, and say them during your prayer with as much feeling and emotion you can muster. (I found and listed almost a hundred!) You must cry out to the Lord as you speak His name.
1) Lord of Hosts
2) King of Mercy
3) The Great Alpha and Omega
4) God of All Heaven and Earth
5) Most Beautiful Lord
6) Highest in the Heavens
7) Perfect God of Love
8) The Beginning and the End
9) Most Just God
10) Eternal Father
11) Most Awesome God
12) I love you!!
Bring your hymnbook and sing as many hymns as you can remember. Sing them all with great love and think of the words. Then, sing them again with your own created words. Then sing them again, only humming them as you pray with all your heart!
As Enos, pray for the welfare of your own soul. Pray and cry unto the Lord to be made clean and to have your baptism of fire, to know the Lord so that you can be a servant. Pondering is a form of prayer. Think about what this means to you. Why you are there. What your purpose is. Try not to be distracted by worldly thoughts. Think about the most sublime subjects of eternity.
1) Your remission of sins.
2) Baptism of Fire.
3) A new heart.
4) The Gift of the Holy Ghost
5) To be a servant to do all that the Lord asks of you.
Make a list of every person you know. Write their full name, and if you don’t know, just their first name. Take some time to do this. Try and fill more than one or two pages. Then, pray tonight for every one of them. Think of details and plead for them to the Lord. This is not just a prayer, this is an epic prayer that will shake the heavens!
Think of every person who has ever wronged you. Every rude, malicious, angry, evil, hurtful, abusive person you have ever had contact, or seen afflict harm to another. Make another long list. They can be people you know, or don’t know. They can be historical. Pray for them with all your heart. Ask the Lord to bless them to be healed and find their way to Him. Ask what you can do. Be a servant, an intercessor.
After you have done all this, imagine yourself standing before the Lord. Say to Him, “Lord, I offer myself to you, all that I have, all that I am, and everything that I will become, to building your kingdom in heaven and earth. I desire to be your servant and your son, with all my heart!”
Then, imagine laying yourself upon the altar of God. Try and see this in your mind as clearly as possible. Ask the Lord the question, “Lord, wilt thou accept my sacrifice this night?” Keep asking until you hear the voice of the Lord in your mind.
Know that this night will be the most spiritually challenging thing you have ever done. You will be tired, fatigued, frustrated, distracted, embarrassed, confused, and a host of other emotions. You will want to give up. You will ask yourself if it is worth it. But, when it is done, you will know that you gave the Lord all you had. You laid yourself upon His altar and with a completely broken heart and contrite spirit knocked on the door of heaven.
The Lord gave me the following revelation before going with a small group of men up to the mountains with a purpose of attempting an Enos prayer. Pray for your own witness of these words:
“Many have exercised faith and desire to come unto me, but what more do they lack? They must have a new heart, a new covenant of pure hope, which comes as they offer themselves completely in righteousness.’
“They must listen and call out to me. They must believe what is spoken to the mind. They must reach out, with full intent until there is nothing left, and then they must listen and prepare. When I was in the Garden I cried out to my Father, “Where art thou?” I am here for each of thee and will not leave you comfortless. Do you doubt? Come with the hope of finding me as you never have before. Let the Spirit guide your actions. Start planning early. What will you do? Will you prepare your thoughts and questions for me? Can you say that Enos desired an answer more than you? Is your desire to know me more than Abraham or Jacob? How far will you go to shake off the flesh to enter my presence? Give all to me and I will give all to you, then be still and expect the unexpected.’
“Come fasting, both from worldly concerns and interests, to appetites of the flesh. Be believing, searching for that which only the Spirit can provide. Have no guile in your heart. Lose yourself in the spirit. Pray as you have never prayed before. Cry out to me with all the energy of your heart and I will comfort you. Ask, and you will receive. What do you see? Do not doubt. Expect glimpses and then more.” (Personal Journal)