Ever since I was introduced into this beautiful world, prayers have always been an integrate part of my life. When I was born my parents prayed for my well being, when I started going to school I was made to learn a prayer and thank God for all the blessings he is showering, even in school we all use to chant hyms on daily basis and even today my day begins by thanking Almighty. I am sure many of you could relate to this. So what is this prayer all about? and why are we asked to pray? what power does it inherits?
Dr. Andrew Newberg of Thomas Jefferson Hospital has been studying the effect of prayer on the human brain for more than 20 years, injecting radioactive dye into subjects and watching what changes inside their heads when they pray.
He says,“You can see it’s all red here when the person is just at rest,”pointing at a computer screen showing brain activity, “but you see it turns into these yellow colors when subject is actually doing prayer.” These changes, says Newberg, are signs of the power of prayer to heal. “We see not only changes in the activity levels, but in different neurotransmitters, the chemicals in our brain.” This is the power of prayer, if you pray, you may be opening yourself up to some unknown benefits.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
Wikipedia defines prayer as an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship, typically a deity, through deliberate communication. Prayer can take a variety of forms, it can be part of a set liturgy or ritual, it can be performed alone, or in groups. According to me prayer is pouring your heart out to the one whom you trust blindly, whom you have faith in or the communication between yourself and the one whom you worship. In my case it is direct address to God, the daily dose which empowers me to keep going. Prayer gives a person a quiet moment to use the time to appreciate the positive in life and to remember that at any moment, there is so much more positive than negative to life.
There are physical, mental and social benefits that arise upon uttering words to God.
Here’s a list of five things that you can gain from prayer:
Prayer brings hope, optimism and variants of postive feelings. It gives us hope that when things do not go the way one wants to despite reasonable effort, then there are other options and positivity in everything you do, to achieve more to be thankful more.
It can help people cultivate a sense of gratitude. Prayer gives the person a quiet moment to use the time to appreciate the positive in life and to remember that at any moment, there is so much more positive than negative to life. It makes us realize how blessed we are with all that we have.
To know more about gratitude head on to our post on Gratitude.
Usually when we fear something we start reciting prayers, we chant almightys name, have you ever wondered why? Because prayer can reduce irrational fears and anxiety. It reestablish the lost connection with god and hence chanting his name in prayers, you derive your inner strength and hence overcome all the fears and stress.
>PEACE OF MIND
Prayer gives you time to reflect and stop yourself from making harmful decisions. It can help people focus and concentrate. By taking a break from the daily activities and doing a quiet time, one is able to use it to train his brain to be focused on the here and now.
Prayer can help you improve your self control. If you pray regularly, you will keep your mental energy at a higher level and you will be less likely to feel mentally exhausted. Prayer helps resist various temptations, like overeating, using harmful substances, or abusing alcohol.
Believer’s prayers have tremendous impact, particularly on their own faith and life. Do you understand what an awesome privilege it is to kneel before the all-powerful Father and know that He listens and will respond? God loves being good to His children and answering their prayers.
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