“For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive.“Hebrews 9:17
39. Health Benefits of Prayer
Source: Strahlenththerapie und Onkologie – In Germany, researchers explored the effect of religious beliefs on side effects of radiation therapy among 105 patients with head and neck cancer. Based on questionnaires about patients’ religious convictions, they classified them as “believers” and “non-believers”. The study found that as a rule, “believers” felt better before, during, and after the treatment, experiencing fewer adverse effects from the disease and the radiation.
Spiritually: The Bible New Living Translation (NLT) – 2 Corinthians 12:9 stated, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 AMPC stated, “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
Life Application: iLumina Bible Studies – Our Lord Jesus’ answer to Paul’s prayer is the theme of 2 Corinthians: Christ’s gracious favor is what empowered Paul’s ministry, despite his own inadequacies and failures. Although Paul’s request wasn’t granted, our Lord Jesus assured him that he would continue to work through Paul in his weakness. In fact, our Lord Jesus Christ’s power worked best there. So in response, Paul accepted that Jesus, in his divine wisdom, knew what was best for him. Paul would not boast in being healed, but he would boast about his weaknesses, for it was through his weaknesses that Christ could powerfully work through him.
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