Reducing Impact of Chronic Pain

14.   Health Benefits of Prayer

Source: Journal of Behavioral Medicine – People with chronic pain who prayed with a positive attitude were less affected by pain in their daily lives, and were able to manage it and had a more positive outlook on life.

Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) 1 Peter 5:10-11 stated, “10 In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to Him forever! Amen.

Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians the wider perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only a little while. This repeats what Peter said in 1 Peter 1:6. Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes. Others would be released from their suffering through death. After that time of suffering, God promises to restore (set right what has gone wrong, put in order, complete), support (by admonition and guidance), strengthen (give courage no matter what happens), and place them on a firm foundation (build on a “rock,” therefore being unmovable). While their suffering will be only for a little while, their glory in Christ will be eternal. In life or in death, God’s purposes will be accomplished and His promises to Born-Again Christian believers will be fulfilled because believers have been called into God’s eternal glory. God called – this was His initiative. He will do as He promised because all power is His forever and ever.

THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries

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