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What do you think of when you hear the word “prayer”? Perhaps thoughts of church, religion, or even boredom will come to mind. Prayer can be an important form of personal reflection for many people who want to talk with God. But there are practical benefits too. Prayer can help us overcome life’s obstacles, reduce stress levels, and make us more resilient to disease! Here are seven reasons why prayer is important.
1. It’s good for our health!
Prayer has been proven to help people feel better physically. Research has shown that prayer can help patients recover more quickly from surgery, reduce the risk of developing cataracts, and even improve the immune system. Scientists are also studying whether prayer can affect how well organ transplants function, and whether it can help people who have cancer survive longer than those who do not pray! So why does it work? Part of the answer is that God is omnipresent, so praying doesn’t always mean you have to go through life with your back against a wall. God is everywhere and can be with you wherever you go.
2. It helps us deal with stress
Prayer helps us cope with stress because it gives us a way to share our fears and concerns with someone who has ultimate power over everything that happens in the universe. It’s easier to face stressful situations when we know we have God on our side, and prayer also offers the opportunity to affirm our trust in Him during times of uncertainty. Studies show that people who pray frequently report fewer feelings of depression and anxiety than those who never pray. Prayer helps by allowing people who feel helpless to regain control over their lives, which can make life seem more manageable.
3. It helps us make better decisions
Prayer helps people make better decisions. Those who pray regularly are more likely to make sound judgments in their lives than those who don’t pray. Prayer makes people more attentive to God’s will, which has the effect of helping them to see what they should do next in order to stay on the right path. For this reason, prayer is important for fathers, mothers, business leaders, and everyone else who has guided others since being able to offer wise counsel is part of being a good example for others!
4. It can help us manage our anger!
People who pray regularly also report having less anger than people who don’t. Prayer helps people control their anger in a number of ways. One way is that by praying regularly, people can develop a better understanding of how their emotions affect the decisions they make and the actions they take. Prayer also gives people a chance to talk out their frustrations in a safe environment. If you have things you need to get off your chest, just tell God! He already knows anyway, so there’s no harm in it.
5. It helps us forgive others
Prayer helps us forgive others by giving us the opportunity to talk through what we feel and think with Someone who has all of the power in the universe at His disposal. Prayer also gives us the opportunity to receive forgiveness from God if we have done wrong, which makes it easier for us to forgive others. Not only that but praying regularly can help us avoid doing wrong in the first place because it is easier for us to avoid temptation when we are talking with God versus doing something on our own!
6. It ensures that our faith doesn’t waver
Many people start out strong with their faith but lose interest as they grow older. But prayer helps to counteract this tendency by keeping people connected to the source of all good things. Prayer can also help us stay focused on God to the exclusion of other matters, which means we aren’t distracted from our ultimate goal.
7. It helps us become better people!
Prayer can help everyone become a better person by providing us with this daily opportunity to look into the face of the Almighty and be reminded that through Him we have all we need! Prayer makes it easier for people to turn their attention away from themselves and toward something greater than themselves. This lesson can be all too hard to learn in a culture that tells us everything we need is available right here and now. But any parent knows that our children are convinced that if they want something, they can have it! As parents, we need to teach them to live by the wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6, which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” By praying daily, we teach ourselves to trust God and put our faith in Him. Prayer helps us become better people by teaching us how to rely on others and overcome obstacles through better decisions and more control over our anger.
Prayer is a good thing, which is why most people would probably want to do more of it. But most people don’t know where to start. A significant obstacle for anyone who wants to pray is finding the time. That’s because prayer takes effort, and many people assume they don’t have enough time to spend on something that doesn’t seem urgent. The trick is to use that same logic when it comes to things that are important but you enjoy doing, like playing video games or going out with friends. Rather than waste time trying to fit in prayer, why not spend it on something you enjoy?
There is no better feeling than putting trust in God with all your heart and experiencing the peace that comes with acknowledging Him. So rather than rushing off to pray right after you wake up, why not take two minutes to think about God instead of worrying about what you need to do today. If you don’t have something to say, just think about how amazing he is and how He loves us unconditionally!
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
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