This isn’t going to be a long post. It is short and straight to the point. While I understand that you may not be a Christian or even a religious person, I’ll still tell you one thing I’m sure of: prayers are very important for your spiritual growth which in turn is important for your personal growth and development. If you haven’t read my post on the 8 steps I took that completely changed my life, then go here. There, I talked about how I felt so incomplete because I knew that while I was developing every other area of my life, I neglected my spiritual life.
I wrote about how I began to study the Bible but I didn’t mention how prayer changed my life. We must have heard different things about this topic but, I’ll only tell you things about prayer that have worked for me. But before I start, it is important to note that the length of your prayer shouldn’t bother you; rather, growing your prayer life and making sure that your whole being is present when you pray should be your concern.
4 Benefits of Prayer
1) It makes you calm: Our world is so fast paced that most times we feel stretched from every possible side. There’s always that feeling of confusion, frustration, fatigue, weariness, etc. and while we go about our daily activities with frazzled and anxious minds, and unsettled spirits, trying to get everything under control, and worrying about every little thing, don’t you think it would be nice to just breathe and be able to turn over all our worries to another person? This is what prayer does. It has a calming effect on your spirit. Of course, it doesn’t mean that all your troubles will melt away but you will get a general feeling of peace and quiet to think and focus on the most important things.
2) Makes you connected to yourself and to your surrounding: Whenever I pray, I’m so aware of my whole being and of my immediate environment and it’s an overwhelming feeling. I realized that prayer keeps me grounded and makes me have a deeper sense of who I am. It is while praying that many discovered their purpose. If you are still finding yourself and don’t know yet who you are and are confused of what your purpose on earth is, then you need to make praying a habit.
3) It makes you lose control: Believe me, losing control isn’t always bad especially when you are losing it to someone who has promised to take absolute control of your life. One thing that I dropped on my journey to self-improvement was the need to always be in control of everything. It’s not even possible to be in control of everything because let’s be honest, life is crazy. Isn’t it better for us to turn the control and stress over to The One who knows us better than we know ourselves and wants what is the absolute best for us? Believe me, it’s the best thing to do.
4) It keeps you connected to God: This is pretty much self-explanatory. Prayer is how you communicate with God. Keyword being ‘communicate’ – you talk, He listens; He talks, you listen. In fact, this is the ultimate way to know how strong your spiritual life is. It doesn’t matter your beliefs or stance about God, you already have a relationship with Him; why not make it a working, active and beneficial one by getting to know Him through prayer and the study of the Bible?
You could pray anywhere, anyhow and in whatever position of your choice. There are no rules for that. A simple “It is well with my soul” or “My day is blessed” is actually a prayer. Never leave your prayer life behind no matter how difficult it may be. And if you don’t know how to pray, the Bible is your perfect guide to knowing how to effectively pray.