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The Spiritual, Mental & Health Benefit of Prayer

Updated on November 23, 2013
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What is Prayer?

Prayer can be defined as a two-way communication between you and God, an act of meditation, or any mental activity by a person, that focuses on positive thinking. Prayer can also be one's positive response (reaching out) to a higher power in a bid to finding the solution to problems that arises in one's life. This can be done through a worship experience, or meditation, either audibly or inaudibly.

Hebrews 4:16 says,

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

People everywhere prays. And more and more people are discovering the power of praying positively (as it is possible to pray negatively). So, based on that premise, let's answer the question at hand. And that is, "Is there any benefit (whether spiritual, physical, emotional, or mental) to pray?

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Does Prayer Benefits You?

If you're someone who doesn't pray or believe in prayer, you may have a very negative response to this simple question. You probably see this subject of prayer as coming from a spiritual, God's point of view, and may immediately put up a wall. And you are right, I am coming from a faith-based, religion point of view.

I for one, as a believer in Jesus Christ don't think of prayer outside of God. When I pray, I pray to God. I do it through meditating on His word, through praise and worship, through petitioning Him on others behalf, through fellowship with other believers, and through just being focused on Him. There is a strong connection between prayer and God. So, the question is,

What benefits, if any, do you think prayer offers you? Do you think there's a spiritual benefit to you when you pray?

Well, there is, and it's been proven. So, we are going to take a look at some of the benefits of prayer to your health (that is, your physical, mental, and emotional well being)?

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The Health Benefits of Prayer

Studies have shown that there are many health benefits to an individual when he or she prays. During a research study carried out at Dukes University of nearly 4000 people age 65 and older, researchers found a 40% less risk of elevated high blood pressure among those who prayed daily or/and attended some form of religious services weekly.

Prayer, as it's been proven, brings the following benefits:

  • Improved relationship with others
  • Prevent or/and even reverse illness and diseases.
  • Helps reduce pain in patients suffering from chronic pain.
  • Good and wholesome brain health, which in turn results in overall physical, emotional, and mental health. This is backed-up by studies that shows that a part of our brain (the frontal lobe) is stimulated when we prayer regularly. This helps to keep the brain healthy, and helps to prevent age-related shrinkage.
  • Physical and mental healing

Other health benefits of prayer included, but not limited to; reduced stress, reduced risk of death from heart attack or stroke, lessened anxiety or depression.

"Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:6

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Have you experienced any of the afore mentioned spiritual or health benefits of prayer?

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The Emotional & Physical Benefits of Prayer

If you are someone who prays regularly, you probably know from experience that prayer is very beneficial to your spiritual well-being. And if you're sound spiritually, it trickles down to your total being, giving you a wholesome mental, emotional, and physical health.

Think about what happens to an individual that has been wronged and feels pain and hurt. This individual may sometimes feels the need to avenge his or herself, or at least feels the need for justice whatever that means to the individual. Until that is achieved, the individual may not fully experience total spiritual wholeness, because there is pain and hurt, and maybe even a whole lot of other negative feelings. In some cases, prayer has been known to bring healing, closure and wholeness.

Prayer of Forgiveness - A Practical Example

Take the issue of forgiveness (something we all can relate to) as an example. Studies (Florida State University Psychological Science) have shown that praying increases our capacity to forgive. When someone offends you, you might sometimes find it hard to let it go, to forgive. You may feel resentment, anger, or bitterness toward that person.

These negative feelings affects your emotional, mental, and physical health. What often happens is, you are hurt more by this feelings that you harbors, as the one who offends you may not even be aware of the pain you feel. But as you pray, or do some form of re-evaluation, looking within, or meditating, you may find the strength to let go of the hurt, forgive, and release that person. At the same time, you'll find yourself feeling happier (physically, mentally, and emotionally), and more peaceful.

The act of forgiving, or being forgiven brings us to that place of peace with God, thereby improving our relationship with God and with others. So you see, forgiveness, through prayer, whether we give it, or receive it, affects our overall spiritual and physical health, and brings us satisfaction with life in general.

The Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Again, what are the spiritual benefits of prayer?

  1. Peace with God - Closeness with God.
  2. Peace with Man - Ability to relate peacefully with others, and forgive wrongs.
  3. Joy - Overflowing. This is usually the result of having a personal relationship or connection to the Maker of all manking. The God of the universe.
  4. Concern/Empathy for others.
  5. Love for God and others.
  6. Optimistic Spirit - Positive outlook in life.

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Why You Should Pray

As you can see, everything that's been mentioned points to the fact that prayer brings some benefit to ones spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health. Do you pray? If, yes, then, do you believe in the power of prayer to heal, and bring wholesomeness to your body and soul? I hope you do.

Maybe you are still skeptical. Could this all be true, you ask? Well, there's only one way to find out.

  • Have you lost your sense of peace/joy?
  • Are you struggling with forgiveness?
  • Are you experiencing constant chronic pain?
  • Do you sometimes feel depressed?
  • Do you feel a spirit of heaviness that you can't seem to shake off?
  • Are you battling any type of disease?

If you fit into any of this category, maybe you need to re-evaluate. It's time you try something different. It's time to let go of all pessimism and cynicism, as these only produces poor human health.

Conclusion About Prayer

Maybe you've never really prayed before. It's never too late to start. The evidence speaks for itself. A wholesome spiritual, and physical health can only be attained through a regular, positive proactive life of prayer.

Remember, the bible says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14. God will not only heal your land, but he will also heal your body, soul, and mind from all that corrupts.

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Author: Comfort Babatola - ©2013

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    • ComfortB profile imageAUTHOR

      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @VictoriaSheffield - Good to see you ma'am! Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      This is great!!

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      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @janshares - I've been blessed by your visit and comments. Thank you for the votes.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      8 years ago from Washington, DC

      I know from personal experience that prayer works physically, mentally, emotionally, and spriritually. Thank you for this hub, ComfortB. Voted up and useful.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      And, thank you maam, my faithful hub follower. You are appreciated!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      8 years ago

      Thanks @ComfortB. Thanks again for choosing such an important topic to write about. :)

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      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      @Kathleen Kerswig - Thanks. Don't know how I missed acknowledging your visit and comment. I want you to know they were greatly appreciated. :)

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      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Oh what a blessing these prayers have been to me, and I'm sure to all who will stumble upon this hub and read!

      Thanks sunkentreasure, for stopping by, and for sharing.

      God bless you.

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      8 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      PRAYER By BERNARD LEVINE

      There is no greater joy

      than loving God in prayer

      There are no riches more rewarding

      than the eternal treasures you'll receive

      Prayer brings powerful help into your life

      Prayer changes circumstances

      What a wonderful privilege we have

      to give our heart to our Father in prayer.

      © Bernard Levine

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      BERNARD LEVINE 

      8 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      MY PRAYER FOR YOU By BERNARD LEVINE

      Let

      the beautiful love of Jesus bring joy to your day

      the hope of Jesus fill you with peace

      the truth of Jesus give you new light

      the miracles of Jesus bless you.

      Let

      the kindness of Jesus touch your heart

      the promises of Jesus give you new breath

      the teachings of Jesus feed your soul

      the power of Jesus strengthen you.

      Let

      the grace of Jesus heal your mind

      the warmth of Jesus encourage you

      the help of Jesus fulfil your needs

      and bring you closer to Him.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      8 years ago

      I believe in the power of prayer. I know that when I am facing a challenge of any kind, prayer allows me to seek help from a power greater than myself. The important part for me is to remember to listen after I pray. If I don't listen for the answer, then the prayers are not very helpful to me. It never hurts to pray. It works for me.

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