“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”

3 John 1:2 NLT
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44. Health Benefits of Prayer

Source: Health Psychology – People who regularly attend religious services more than once per week have an immune system that functions more effectively, boosting their resistance to viruses and other infections and protecting against damage to cells, according to a study at the University of Iowa. Researchers looked at more than 500 people. They concluded that this was one of the mechanisms that contribute to a longer life among religious people.

Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 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 our 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. Believers, therefore, do not belong to themselves. God bought them, so they must honor God with their bodies. They must “honor God” by showing their gratefulness for Jesus’ sacrifice by their worship, obedience, and service.

On Romans 12:1 NLT says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.”

Let’s meditate on this verse 1. And so, because of God’s great compassion on both Jews and Gentiles in offering salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, Paul urges believers to please God in their daily lives. The evil world is full of temptation and sin. Paul helps believers understand how they can live for God.

Paul had already told the Roman believers to offer themselves to God so that their whole bodies would be for His glory (Romans 6:13). Our bodies are all we have to offer – we live in our bodies. The body enfolds our emotions, our mind, our thoughts, our desires, and our plans. Thus, the body represents the total person; it is the instrument by which all our service is given to God. In order to live for God, we must give Him all that we are, represented by our body. If our body is at God’s disposal, He will have our free time, our pleasures, and all our behavior.

When sacrificing an animal according to God’s law, a priest would kill the animal, cut it in pieces, and place it on the altar. Sacrifice was important, but even in the Old Testament God made it clear that obedience from the heart was much more important (see 1 Samuel 15:22; Psalms40:6; Amos 5:21-24). God wants us to offer ourselves as living sacrifices – daily laying aside our own desires to follow Him, putting all our energy and resources at His disposal, and trusting Him to guide us (see Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 2:5). Our new life is a thank-offering to God. Offering our body as a living and holy sacrifice to be completely set apart for God and dedicated to His service.

Reference: The Mind Health Report – Special Report from Newsmax

THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER by Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries https://www.intouch.org/watch/the-priority-of-prayer