11. Health Benefits of Prayer
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) – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 stated, 13 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 14 And do everything with love.”
Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – Paul’s final words to the church in Corinth sum up what he has written in this letter.
They were to be on guard, constantly watchful for spiritual enemies that might slip in and threaten to destroy them, whether it be divisions (1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 11:18), pride (1 Corinthians 3:18-21), sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-8), disorder (1 Corinthians 14:40), or erroneous theology (1 Corinthians 15:12).
They needed to stand true to what they believed – the Gospel that had brought them salvation (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
They had to be courageous so that they could stand against false teachers, deal with sin in the congregation, and straighten out the problems that Paul had addressed in this letter.
They should be strong with the strength given by the Holy Spirit.
They should do everything with love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13), because without love, they would be no more than prideful noisemakers.
THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries https://www.intouch.org/watch/the-priority-of-prayer