Feel Whole Challenge Day 4: Pray for Someone
Why do 75 percent of Americans report that prayer is an important part of their daily life? Simple — it's because they have seen and experienced the benefits daily prayer brings to your life.
Here are five reasons you should be praying every day:
Doctors who have studied the physiological effects of prayer have reported that when praying, heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and breathing regulates. Prayer reduces stress as well as promotes feelings of control and peace of mind. Illnesses that are caused (at least in part) by an increase in stress are responsible for over half of all doctor visits in the United States.
Prayer is an easy way to reduce stress in your life, which lowers your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses such as ulcers, headaches, depression, and high blood pressure.
Don't keep prayer to yourself. Make an effort to extend your daily prayers to others. When you notice a loved one is going through a tough time, say an extra prayer for them. This challenge is a great way to start incorporating praying for others as a part of your daily routine.
Hey! You don't always have to pray alone. A great way to build trust and deepen your relationship with another person is to pray together. The next time you pray, consider inviting a spouse, friend or family member to join you.
Just as it’s important to exercise your body to stay healthy and in shape, the same is true for your soul—you need to practice spiritual exercises to keep your soul in shape. Like reflection, prayer is a method of exercising your mind. Prayer is a great way to maintain spiritual focus in your life and help you stay on track to meet your faith goals.
Prayer gives you a connection to something greater than yourself, which does wonders for your emotional well-being. It provides a greater sense of purpose, betters your mood, and helps you cope with and overcome the difficulties life brings your way. Prayer is a great way to find social support by getting involved with a community of spiritually like-minded people.
As you can see, prayer is a very powerful thing when exercised consistently. One tip I can suggest is to pick up a journal. I found a little Faith and Fitness journal online that helps hold me accountable and keep my goals in order physically and spiritually every single morning.
The opinions in this blog have been written by a sponsored guest blogger, who is not an AdventHealth employee. This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Writer: Jenna Summers