I have always been fascinated with the prayer that Enos offered up to God 500 years before his recited “hunch” turned out to be correct. Said he:
…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— Enos 1:13
The reason for Enos’ prayer on behalf of the Lamanites was because, “…at the present our strugglings were vain in restoring them to the true faith.” (v 14) This is the same dilemma that the LDS church faced in it’s early history, and by and by, the Remnant has not been restored to this day—meaning that the Lord has not yet recovered his people for a second time as prophesied (see Jacob 6:2, 2 Nephi 6:14, 2 Nephi 21:11, 2 Nephi 29:1, Isaiah 11:11).
The Lord’s reply to Enos what in two parts. First of all, the Lord covenanted with Enos that He would, “…bring them (the records) forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time,” then followed up by explaining to Enos:
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. (v 18)
The prayer of Enos is the theme of the Book of Mormon! For:
…surely shall he (God) again bring a remnant of the seed of Joseph to the knowledge of the Lord their God. 3 Nephi 5:23
Those who understand the Book of Mormon message recognize this truth! Literally generations of prophets have all prayed for the same thing—that the Remnant’s salvation would occur IN THIS DAY. This fact is hardly disputed when opening the Book of Mormon. Moroni tells us:
Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them. Yea, behold I say unto you, that those saints who have gone before me, who have possessed this land, shall cry, yea, even from the dust will they cry unto the Lord; and as the Lord liveth he will remember the covenant which he hath made with them. And he knoweth their prayers, that they were in behalf of their brethren. And he knoweth their faith, for in his name could they remove mountains; and in his name could they cause the earth to shake; and by the power of his word did they cause prisons to tumble to the earth; yea, even the fiery furnace could not harm them, neither wild beasts nor poisonous serpents, because of the power of his word. (Mormon 8:23-24)
To us, then, the question really becomes, Are we joining our prayers with those great ones on behalf of the covenant people of the Lord—for they are among us today!
Moroni beautifully summarizes this all-important Book of Mormon theme by saying, in words that he thought would be his last (since he didn’t originally plan on writing the book of Moroni):
And behold, these things which we have desired concerning our brethren, yea, even their restoration to the knowledge of Christ, are according to the prayers of all the saints who have dwelt in the land. Mormon 9:36
Taking away the Book of Ether, that’s 1,000 years of pleadings from God-fearing, righteous, knowledgeable, and obedient prophets and Saints. Given this example, should not our prayers today join theirs?
ANY prayer from one who wishes to remain on the course God has set his people on, that doesn’t include this in their prayers, is at best ignorance, and at worst destroying God’s work! For in Moroni’s same breath he exclaims:
And he that shall breathe out wrath and strifes against the work of the Lord, and against the covenant people of the Lord… the same is in danger to be hewn down and cast into the fire;… [for] your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts. For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more… O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? (see Mormon 8)
Question 1) In 2015 who are the “covenant people of the Lord.” Answer: They are primarily Native Americans—the posterity of the people in the Book of Mormon.
Question 2) Are your prayers being lifted up to God on behalf of their recovery? Answer: (only YOU know)
Question 3) If your prayers are being lifted up to God on their behalf, what efforts of faith are you working towards, for faith without works is dead? Answer: (only YOU know)
May God bless the prayers, and efforts, of the righteous, as he has throughout the ages, on behalf of Remnant Israel!