I heard a report on Star88 Christian Radio the other day about the benefits of prayer and I was intrigued.
Because I know God answers prayer, I have hope. After hearing the benefits of prayer on the radio, I did a little research myself. I found an article called, “10 Benefits of Prayer” by Kelli Mahoney, Christian Teens Expert. Mahoney stated the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of prayer, such as:
- make you healthier – attending church once a week can reduce heart disease; worship can lower blood pressure and strengthen immune system!
- keeping our selfishness in check
- gives us strength
- improves our attitude
- reduces stress
- and more…
Jesus taught his disciples (and us) to pray in Matthew 6: 5-15
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I find myself praying several times a day, with/for my husband, kids, church, loved ones who are suffering, etc. Prayer draws me closer to God and helps me understand forgiveness. May God bless your prayer life.