What Is The Value of Prayer?
I offer the following acknowledging that I am neither a medical doctor or a mental health professional.
When I think about the value of prayer I land on two primary benefits.
The Spiritual: Being a believer allows me to connect with the presence of God. The Holy Spirit takes me to the place that is not of this world. It’s a holy place, not a location, but a place of divine availability. It’s how I talk to Him. It’s how faith becomes expressed in words. It’s about heavenly power.
The Physical: Being a believer means that I can share whatever is on my mind, my heart and my soul. Prayer can be offered in a quick moment or in long periods of thoughtful reflection. Nope, God is not my medical doctor, my analyst, or my emotional guru. Prayer doesn’t fix everything or eliminate all problems. Here are some of the benefits prayer provides.
- connection to a higher power
- a relationship with the divine
- relieving anxiety
- the place to take problems
- the place to off load worry
- the way to ask for help
- the way to seek assistance for others
- the place to confess weakness, sin and struggle
Praying lowers my blood pressure and provides me a sense of peace and calm. Praying makes me feel better both spiritually and physically.
A friend of mine told me that he was struggling with something and the more he thought about it the more angry he was becoming. So, rather than stay angry or get even angrier, he decided to find someplace quiet and pray. It won’t be a quick prayer but a day of confession and connection with his heavenly Father. Whatever his mental and emotional condition when he begins to pray will not be his condition when he is finished. He will come back changed and for the better.
I’ll leave you with this.
“Rejoice in the Lord and I will say it again, rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”