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The power of prayer

Three ways to boost your well-being through faith

We know that God is the ultimate healer. Now researchers have taken note. Several rigorous studies have shown that prayer and faith can have a positive effect on your well-being.

  • Overall, studies report signs of stronger immune systems, better responses to stress, longer life expectancies and other improvements to physical health because of prayer and regular church attendance.

  • In patient and doctor surveys, the vast majority of doctors and patients surveyed said they profoundly believe in the power and importance of prayer in patient recovery.

  • Studies using brain scans have found that the brain relaxes when believers are deep in prayer.

Here are three ways you can focus on your health and well-being while honoring the Lord.

Your first challenge: Pray for your health.

Read and pray 1 Corinthians 6:1920. Commit to taking care of yourself so that you can do God's work. Ask the Lord to help you improve your health.

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NKJV) says, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

Your second challenge: Encourage yourself with hope.

Read and pray Isaiah 40:2931. Have hope that the Lord will renew your health and strength.

Isaiah 40:29–31 (NKJV) says, "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Your third challenge: Surround yourself with support.

Attend church regularly and join a prayer group. Studies have found that deep faith and ties to a church community are among the best predictors for well-being and recovery from disease.

Consult with your doctor to develop and achieve your personal wellness goals. Healthy lifestyle choices may help you prevent or manage the risks of serious health conditions like obesity. Turn to the Lord for help along your wellness journey.

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention welcomes the opportunity to share this general information. However, this article is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.