- Mental Health»
- Stress Management
Prayer - The Ultimate Stress Reliever
Have you ever met someone who seems to have absolutely no stress in their life and it all seems as though it is 'Hakuna Matata' with them every day of life? They worry about nothing and they stress about nothing. Life just seems to be hunky dory for them and you wonder how that is possible?
Sometimes this mind set is achieved because of the fact that they simply do not care. Yes, there are some people who are able to detach themselves from things that are of a sensitive nature because they are insensitive individuals but there are some people who manage to be caring, thoughtful, sensitive and responsible and are still able to walk about on a cloud that is worry- free. These people have a certain peace about them that most do not understand but yearn to have themselves. Who wouldn't want peace of mind and contentment? I think they are two of the most invaluable things that a human could ever want or need.
Leonard Ravenhill on the influence of E.M. Bounds' 'The Power of Prayer'
The Power of Prayer
There are many ways to relieve stress but most of those ways are temporary and the worry that is plaguing the mind is swept under the rug for some time until it rears its ugly head again ready to torment you and give you some more sleepless nights.
The only way that I have discovered that has lasting effects and not only brings peace and content, but joy as well, is prayer.
When you get into the habit of praying then you become confident that all things will work together for your good as is promised in the Bible.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.— Romans 8:28
Illnesses That Can Come From Stress and Worry
- High Blood pressure (which can lead to a stroke)
- Heart disease
- gastrointestinal problems
People Who Prayed
In the past there were many people who relied upon prayer to help them. These people were able to take the stresses of the day and the stresses of life and give them to Someone else to deal with. Every single one of them benefited from this practice and even when things got bad and some were faced with fire they were calm and collected because they were praying people.
One that immediately comes to mind is Daniel. He was faced with many things that could have caused him stressed and each time he reacted with prayer. Even when he was forbidden by the king of Babylon to pray he still did it because he knew the importance of prayer. As a result he was thrown into the lions' den but nothing happened to him because God was with him.
Jesus often prayed and would fortify Himself with prayer in order to face the day to come. He would often go away by Himself to pray so that He could gather the strength that prayer gives and go back to teach the multitudes.Before His trial, persecution and death, He went to pray so that He could face it better and it worked because He was asked that those who persecuted Him be forgiven before He died!
His disciples realized the importance of prayer because they asked Him to teach them how to pray.
One might ask, 'What is prayer like? What impact does it leave upon the brain?' I would say that prayer is like someone going out and having a once in a lifetime meeting with someone extremely important and getting a chance to talk to them. After that meeting everything else goes out of the mind and one focuses only on that experience. After spending time with God and being able to speak with Him, telling Him all of your utmost thoughts, and communing with Him, it is very hard to get Him out of your mind. You begin to think on the things that are good such as the salvation of the Lord and the fact that there is always hope in the Lord and things like these come to your mind whenever it begins to drift towards the item or problem that is the cause of stress that particular day.
Do you think that prayer can help with stress and worry?
The House Built on Rock Vs The House Built on Sand
The house that was built on rock vs. the house that was built on sand was a comparison used by Jesus to let us know what state we would be in if we heed His words and what state we would be in if we choose not to heed His words. Prior to this comparison He spoke about judging others, asking and receiving from God via prayer, doing unto others what you would have them do unto you, observing people based upon the fruit that they bear in life, and stating that there are those who exist who use His name but do not belong to Him.
In this parable both houses face terrible calamity. There is no way around the awful storm, the wind and the rain just as there is no way to avoid the stresses and worries of life. The house that was built on rock was able to survive the storms but the house that was built on sand was broken by the storm. Following the words of the Lord will cause us to be like the house upon the rock. Though the storms of life may come and we may take a beating we will not break but if we do not follow the words of the Lord it will be very easy for us to be broken and all it can take is one big storm.
Draw Near to God and He Will Draw Near to you
Prayer is a way to get to know God better and to trust Him with your deepest thoughts. Although He knows them already it is good to tell Him of them and ask Him to deal with the things that trouble you.
Sometimes we have episodes that are going on in our life and we wish that they would just go away. We do not know why they are there and we pray for them to go away but they do not. Does this mean that God does not hear our prayer? Of course not. As I said before,there are things that we all have to go through in our lives and some things are more difficult than others. Prayer helps us to build out faith and our hope so that we KNOW that there is a light at the end of the storm and that this too shall pass. It helps us to minus the stress and the worry because those things can do nothing to help our present predicament. It helps us to face the problem without fear. It is the ultimate stress reliever.