Move over herbs and Reiki. . . ! Prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy that can cultivate health and healing! Prayer can boost your mood, increase alertness, and facilitate self-control. Prayer can calm anxiety, quiet the mind, and soothe the soul. Stress, anxiety, and depression may run rampant, but through prayer, you can achieve a greater peace of mind and a healthy, positive outlook on life. When life gets you down or you’re blocked and don’t know what to do, prayer can make a positive difference.
Increasingly, double-blind studies are confirming a positive relationship between prayer and good health. Prayer, like meditation, can slow your breathing, lower your blood pressure, and slow your heart rate. Whether you are studying the meditations of Tibetan Buddhists or the prayers of Franciscan nuns, researchers found that spiritual practice increases joy and well-being. According to the National Institutes of Health, those who pray daily are 40% less likely to have high blood pressure than those who do not pray regularly. Other studies found that prayer increases dopamine, the feel-good hormone, and boosts the immune system, helping people stay healthy and fight illness.
POSITIVE, PASSIONATE, AND POWERFUL PRAYER!
Soothe yourself with inner tranquility, improve your well-being, and live a more peaceful and joy-filled life. You will feel more hopeful, satisfied, and contented, and will be able to better manage issues you struggle with.
Praying is believing. Praying strengthens faith, and the more we believe, the more we can receive. Lean not onto your own understanding. Walk by faith not by sight.
The more you pray, the better off you can be. Strengthen, build, and grow your relationship with a Higher Power. Turn off extraneous thoughts, focusing on God. Open your mind and heart and pray silently in your thoughts, or pray out loud with words.
WHO TO PRAY FOR AND WHAT TO PRAY ABOUT
Pray for Yourself and Your Life
Pray for God’s discernment, guidance, protection, and provision. Pray for what you need first, and then pray for what you want. Pray for the desires of your heart. Pray that you will have a heart for God, putting Him at the center of your life. Pray that He helps you live your life fruitfully, productively and abundantly, to the fullest, according to His will, plan, and purposes. Ask for daily provisions, for the forgiveness of transgressions and for deliverance from temptation. Request wisdom, strength, and help in resolving the things you are anxious or worried about.
Pray for Faith, Family, and Friends
Pray for strength of the family and pray to grow your relationships. Give gratitude for your spouse, children, parents, siblings, and friends and pray that these relationships be founded and grounded on unconditional love, honesty, and integrity. Pray to grow closer, more personal, and intimate with the people you love. Pray that all of your relationships will be peaceful, passionate, and positive, as well as healthy and fulfilling.
Pray for Plans, Purposes, and Purification
Remember to be thankful in all circumstances and to be filled with gratitude for everything God has done, is doing, and will do for you in the future. He has plans to give you hope and a future. Pray that your purposes in life be revealed so you know clearly what your mission is. Pray to be cleansed and purified from unrighteousness.
Pray for Your Home, Workplace, and Community
Pray for your co-workers, leaders, government, and those in authority. Pray for people in need, including the helpless, homeless, hurting, and lost, all of whom need spiritual support. Pray for spaces and places, including your home, church, town, country, and world.
However you pray, whether by yourself or with others, and however often you pray, prayer will lift your spirit and will give you a greater sense of purpose and meaning. Pray passionately and powerfully to help cope with difficulties. Prayer will keep you grounded and will give you a sense of peace, hope, and gratitude for your many blessings in life.