BENEFITS OF PRAYER

  1. Becoming More Forgiving Source: Psychological Science – In one study, people who prayed for a romantic partner/spouse harbored fewer vengeful thoughts and emotions and were ready to forgive and move on after a conflict. Spiritually: The Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) Romans 5:15 “But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. “James 5:13 “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies God’s generous gift of forgiveness through Christ (justification) has a greater but opposite effect than the trespass of Adam and its consequences. Yet in each case, the act of one affected the lives of many. Because of Adam’s sin, death entered the human race, and since then all people have died (with the Bible’s exceptions of Enoch and Elijah). All people will die until the end of this age. Because of Jesus Christ, however, we can trade judgment for forgiveness. We can trade our sin for Jesus’ goodness. Our Lord Jesus Christ offers us the opportunity to be born into His spiritual family—the family line that begins with forgiveness and leads to eternal life. If we do nothing, we have death through Adam; but if we come to God by faith, we have an abundant life here on earth and eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever.
  2. Achieving Goals More Effectively Source: Psychological Bulletin – Prayer affects regions of the brain that improve self-control, and people who view their goals as sacred put more effort and energy into attaining them. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) James 1:4 “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – It is not our nature to endure. When it comes to trials, we would rather escape, explain, or exit the difficulty. In fact, we will tend to do almost anything to avoid enduring a trial. Faithful endurance, however, generates whole people, recognized as strong in character, or mature. We will be seasoned, experienced, well-developed, fit for the tasks God sent us into the world to do. This strength is a quality developed by how much we have learned from the trials we have experienced. We are also ready for anything because we have been fully trained. The weaknesses and imperfections are being removed from our character; we are gaining victory over old sins; we are demonstrating a sense of competence about life. This completeness relates to the breadth of our experience.
  3. Living A Longer Life Source: Health Psychology – More people found that in addition to private prayer, attending religious services/gathering in Home Fellowship Churches/Bible Study Groups, and being involved in other church/group activities predicted a longer and healthier lifespan. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 “14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know Him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God. Not only did fear of God motivate them (see 2 Corinthians 5:11), but Christ’s love controlled their actions. Out of His great love, Jesus had given up His life for their sakes. He had not acted out of His own self-interest, selfishly holding on to the glory of heaven that He already possessed (Philippians 2:6). Instead, Jesus had willingly died for everyone. Those who believe that also believe that they have died to the old life. They should be willing to abandon their old, selfish ways in order to live a new life for Christ (Romans 6:6-14; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:20). Like Paul, we should no longer live to please ourselves. We should die to ourselves and live for our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive today and interceding with God on our behalf (Romans 6:22).
  4. Coping Better With Breast Cancer Source: PscyhoOncology – Praying in an online support group helped breast cancer patients experience less stress, have lower levels of negative emotions, and experience greater well-being. In addition, belief in an afterlife reduced fear of death. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  5. Protecting Teens Against Drugs Source: Psychology of Addictive Drugs – Teens who view religion as a meaningful part of their lives are half as likely to use drugs, compared to non-religious teens – especially during stressful times, (COVID-19 Stay-At-Home, unemployment, etc.) such as having an unemployed parent, and lockdown small businesses. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  6. Recovering From Abusive Relationships Source: Social Psychology Quarterly – Prayer helps victims of abusive relationships to recover a positive view of themselves and reduces emotional pain. In addition, people who are religious are less likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] after being victims of violence in a relationship. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  7. Reducing Financial Stress Source: The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion – Older people found that faith and attendance at religious services/Home Fellowship Churches/Bible Study Groups offset the emotional toll of financial strain. Prayer increases gratitude which, in turn, reduces negative impact of financial difficulties. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  8. Reducing Genetic Risk for Depression Source: The American Journal of Psychiatry – Prayer and other religious practices reduce or alleviate depression, with or without genetic risk. Adults with the highest risk of depression, due to a family history of the condition, are one-tenth as likely to suffer from depression if religion is important in their lives and they frequently attend religious/spiritual services. Those who are religious or spiritual and at lower risk of depression are at least one-fourth as likely to develop depression as their non-religious peers. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  9. Increasing Happiness and Financial Satisfaction Source: Journal of Religion and Health – Adults who are the most religious (spiritually matured and in good health), in terms of prayer with a positive focus, attendance at church services, home fellowships, Bible studies, and using their faith to deal with day-to-day problems in a positive way, are happier and more satisfied with their financial situation. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  10. Improving Recovery From Heart Surgery Source: The Gerontologist – People who pray with a positive, hopeful attitude as an ongoing part of their lives prior to undergoing heart surgery, experience less depression and anxiety afterwards, both in the short and long term. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  11. Improving Outlook Among Prostate Cancer Patients Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine – Those whose religion or spiritual good health gave them a sense of meaning and peace were less likely to experience depression and coped more effectively with their condition. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  12. Enhancing Recovery From Brain Injury Source: Rehabilitation Psychology – Those who suffered traumatic brain injury and felt the strongest connection to a higher power [especially with God, the Holy Spirit ] were least distressed, most satisfied with their lives, and experienced better recovery. Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  13. Protecting Against Stress Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine – Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  14. Reducing Impact of Chronic Pain Source: Journal of Behavioral Medicine Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) Book Chapter:Verses “God’s Words… Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies
  15. Decreasing Alcohol Abuse; Source: Hospital and Community Psychiatry
  16. Kids Doing Better in School; Source: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
  17. Significantly Lowering Health Risks; Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
  18. Making Substance Abuse & Virus (COVID-19) Treatment More Effective; Source: Psychiatric Services
  19. Reducing Risk for Diabetes Complications; Source: Diabetes Care
  20. Recovering From the Loss of a Loved One; Source: Journals of Gerontology
  21. Lowering Men’s Risk for Fatal Heart Disease; Source: American Journal of Epidemiology
  22. Enhancing Satisfaction With Life; Source: Psychosomatic Medicine
  23. Lowering Kids’ Anxiety Before Surgery; Source: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  24. Lowering Blood Pressure; Source: International Journal of of Psychiatry Medicine
  25. Protecting Teens Against Meningitis; Source: British Medical Journal
  26. Protecting Against Age-Related Mental Decline; Source: The Journals of Gerontology Series: B
  27. Shortening Hospital Stays for Heart Surgery including COVID-19 patient with ventilator; Source: Health Psychology
  28. Reducing Stress in Fibromyalgia Patients; Source: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
  29. Improving Mood and Outlook; Source: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  30. Calming Anger; Source: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  31. Supporting Patients With Advanced Cancer; Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology
  32. Improving Family Relationship; Source: Sociological Quarterly
  33. Reducing Prostate Cancer [and COVID-19] Symptoms; Source: Psychooncology
  34. Reducing the Odds of Smoking; Source: Nicotine and Tobacco Research
  35. Controlling Fear of Terrorist Attacks; Source: Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
  36. Reducing Stress Among Caregivers; Source: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
  37. Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle; Source: Preventive Medicine
  38. Alleviating Panic Disorder; Source: Depression and Anxiety
  39. Reducing Cancer Treatment Side Effects; Source Strathlentherapie and Onkologie
  40. Helping Couples Deal With Chronic Disease; Source: European Journal of Cancer Care
  41. Buffering Against Stress and Negative Emotions; Source: Twin Research and Human Genetics
  42. Aiding Recovery From Drugs & Gambling Addictions; Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
  43. Slowing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease; Source: Neurology
  44. Improving Immune Function; Source:Health Psychology
  45. Reducing Hostility; Source: Journal of Religion and Health
  46. Protecting the Heart; Source: Research on Aging
  47. Having a Happier Marriage; Source: Journal of Marriage and Family
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