TOO MUCH STRESS?

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2, NIV)

Power of Prayer

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 with God about your hopes, your fears, your desires and your needs. It’s about communicating the reflections, emotions and attitudes that lie closest to your heart. It’s through prayer that you begin to experience the difference between believing and knowing God.

Maybe you’ve never prayed before and don’t know where to begin. Or, maybe you’ve been praying for years but you want a deeper connection with God. What can you do?  I appreciate John Ortberg’s book, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, and found it especially helpful. With his inspiration, I suggest the following:

  • Establish a time for focused prayer and try to be consistent with it each day. Choose a time when you’re at your best, not when you’re tired and exhausted.
  • Create an environment for prayer.  It’s helpful to have a peaceful, distraction-free environment that you can call your own.  It doesn’t have to be indoors; perhaps time during your morning or evening walk will work well for you. Be creative, but consistent.
  • Slow down.  Before you pray, take a few moments to relax. Take some deep breaths and help your mind and body to calm.
  • Keep it simple.  Ortberg suggests that you “pray what’s on your heart, and not what you wish was on your heart.”
  • Journal.  It may be easier for you to “talk” to God by writing. Writing forces you to slow way down and bring things into perspective. It’s always enlightening to go back a month or two in your writing (or sometimes even years) and review your circumstances. You’ll see areas where you have grown, and continued opportunities for greater trust. Writing down the answers to your prayers can also provide tangible reminders of how active God has been in your life.

Be sure to set time aside every day for prayer. It is an excellent way to relieve stress and to maintain a healthy spiritual – and even physical – life.

James 5-16

Have a great day, “Working for Christ”!

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32 Comments on “TOO MUCH STRESS?”


  1. Reblogged this on MarleneBertrand's Blog and commented:
    God is good! Last night, I had a very stressful night. Then today, I read this post that truly inspired me to get deeper into prayer. This post is definitely worth the read.

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  2. Amen! I have found that spending the first few minutes of the day in the quiet as a wonderful time to meditate first and then be able to read the Word and really sense the presence of the LORD. It is truly the best part of my day!

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  3. Prayer and meditation is not an eastern religion thing. David talked about it on a regular basis. While the OT Levites were tasked with the care and operation of the temple…David understood that regular time spent with God and thinking about His Word was a great benefit to him. Great post. Thanks for the refresher. In His Service, Jeff

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  4. bernasvibe Says:

    I so Believe in the power of PRAYER…In these times & days of norms being forever-changed-daily; IF we don’t pray we can easily stress out/burn out..And when a group of us gets together & prays? WOW God moves in ways that keep us in amazement..One thing we all have in common? Stress..Everyone has stress in their lives. No one is excluded..Just some folks have less/more than others..Excellent message to share & I thank you for doing so..Stay UPlifted & blessed!

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  6. Skye Says:

    Wonderful post. Thank you!

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  7. Pure Glory Says:

    Fitly spoken and in season. Thank you!

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  8. Good stuff!!! A good refresher for me! I hope you don’t mind if I reblog this.

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  9. […] The idea had come from a blog entry on prayer and stress that I had skimmed the night before (https://work4christ.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/too-much-stress/). It had offered the familiar encouragement that daily prayer is an important practice for […]

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  10. Reblogged this on In The Potter's Hands and commented:
    Great post on benefits of prayer as well as tips for praying!

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