Here are some excerpts from a WSJ article entitled, The Science of Prayer written by Elizabeth Bernstein. (Thanks to Susan Keal for passing this along.)
“Scientists have no way to measure the existence of a higher power, of course. And they’ve done little research on any health benefits of prayer, largely because of a lack of funding in the medical community for spiritual research, says David H. Rosmarin, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He goes on to say that the research that has been done on prayer shows it may have similar benefits to meditation: It can calm your nervous system, shutting down your fight or flight response. It can make you less reactive to negative emotions and less angry. Researchers found that the group that practiced spiritual meditation showed greater decreases in anxiety and stress and more positive mood. They also tolerated pain almost twice as long when asked to put their hand in an ice water bath.
Other scientists who have studied prayer believe that people who pray are benefiting from a feeling of emotional support. Imagine carrying a backpack hour after hour. It will start to feel impossibly heavy. But if you can hand it off to someone else to hold for a while, it will feel lighter when you pick it up again. ‘This is what prayer can do, it lets you put down your burden mentally for a bit and rest.’” says Amy Wachholtz, associate professor and clinical health psychology director at the University of Colorado Denver. Prayer can also foster a sense of connection—with a higher power, your environment and other people, including “the generations of people who have prayed before you,” says Kevin Ladd, a psychologist and director of the Social Psychology of Religion Lab at Indiana University South Bend.
(I know that it’s just science and you have to be skeptical – I do say that in jest.)
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
How are you expressing your gentleness?
What requests are you making known to God?
How is God’s peace guarding you?
Holy God, keep me mindful of how near you are. Let me put my stuff down and release my worry for just a bit. Help me to be gentle to myself and to the others who are in my life. Guard me with your peace so I can share your joy. Amen.
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