The Power of Prayer

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Through our faith, we know that God is the ultimate healer. And researchers have also noted that that prayer and faith can positively affect your total well-being.

  • Overall, studies report signs of more robust immune systems, better responses to stress, longer life expectancies and other improvements to physical health because of prayer.
  • The vast majority of doctors and patients surveyed said they profoundly believe in the power and importance of prayer in patient recovery.
  • Studies analyzing brain scans have found that the brain relaxes when believers are deep in prayer.

Here are three ways you can focus on your health and well-being while honoring the Lord.

1) Focus on the power of prayer.

Commit to taking care and prioritizing your health so that you can focus on fulfilling your calling. Lean in by asking the Lord to help you find ways to steward your health well.

As Scripture says, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20, ESV)

2) Encourage yourself through faith in God.

Read and pray Isaiah 40:2931. Have hope that the Lord will renew your health and strength.

Isaiah writes, He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29–31, ESV)

3) Surround yourself with support.

Lean into the power of community and being a part of your church body. Studies have found that deep faith and ties to a church community are among the best predictors for well-being and recovery from disease.

You are not alone in your journey towards total well-being. Consult with your doctor to develop and achieve your personal wellness goals. Healthy lifestyle choices may help you prevent or manage the risks of serious health conditions like obesity. Remember to turn to the Lord for help along your wellness journey.

At GuideStone®, our mission is to guide and equip ministers towards Christ-centered well-being. That starts by gaining a better understanding of what wellness means, so learn more today!

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