3. Health Benefits of Prayer
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 stated, “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, our Lord Jesus Christ 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 NLT says, “But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.”
The benefits are immeasurable for those who are slaves of God and set free from the power of sin. Faith makes us righteous in God’s eyes and challenges us to realize that righteousness in practical living – doing those things that lead to holiness and eternal life. Holiness is gained as a process over our entire life wherein we become more Christlike and set apart for His service; eternal life begins at conversion and, despite the physical death we will inevitably face, continues beyond the grave.
THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries https://www.intouch.org/watch/the-priority-of-prayer