“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2, NIV)
The time you learn to spend in prayer and meditation has a number of immediate health benefits. Prayer lowers stress, decreases muscle tension, and provides a sense of peace. According to Herbert Benson, MD, “between 50 to 90 percent of all diseases can be affected by patient belief.” A physical state of deep rest is experienced when you pray or meditate regularly, changing your physical and emotional responses to stress. It has been shown that when you pray, you also have an immediate drop in blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of stress hormones.
Prayer unites our minds, bodies, and spirits. The good news is that you don’t have to be a spiritual guru to pray. Very simply, prayer is relinquishing your greatest concerns to the Maker of the Universe. It’s a time to honestly talk…
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Years ago in my hometown, when the community pool was built, Dad often took my brother and me swimming. I marveled at the way my father could slice the water with a smooth dive, roll over on his back, and float. Without even moving his arms and legs, he could remain on top of the water. Amazing!
When I tried it, I sank–immediately.
“Daddy! Show me how to float!” I cried.
First, he helped me to lie flat-out on top of the water. His hand gently supported the middle of my back. And then Dad said the strangest thing.
What?! Every fiber of my being was tense. I just knew that if I relaxed, my nose would instantly fill up with heavily chlorinated water.
But I trusted Dad. He wouldn’t trick me into a catastrophe. So I tried to relax.
Easier said than done. Try as I…
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