34. Health Benefits of Prayer
Source: Nicotine & Tobacco Research – Multiple studies have shown that religious people of all ages are less likely to smoke. One study also looked at the influence of religion on a genetic predisposition to smoke among 315 sets of twins and more than 1,000 pairs of other siblings.
Even where there is a genetic risk to take up the habit, researchers at the University of Colorado found that three aspects of religion – personal beliefs, participation in organized religious activities, and being affiliated with a congregation – reduced the influence of genes and lowered the odds of a person starting to smoke.
Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT stated, “19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – The words your body in this verse refer not to the corporate “body of Christ,” but to each believer’s individual, physical body. Each believer should view his or her body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, who was living in them. Our Lord Jesus Christ died to pay the high price that purchased sinful people’s freedom (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). His blood provided the sacrifice that made believers acceptable to God. Because of Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to indwell those who believed in Him – He took up residence in their bodies. This Holy Spirit had come into them when they had believed.
Born-Again Christian believers, therefore, do not belong to themselves. God bought us, so we must honor God with our bodies. We must “honor God” by showing our gratefulness for our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice by our worship, obedience, and service (see Romans 12:1-2).
THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries https://www.intouch.org/watch/the-priority-of-prayer