Entry 8 Benefits of Prayer
Prayer benefits us in many ways. Just calling Jesus, praying or mediating lowers our blood pressure, improves our respiratory system, calms our spirit, clears our mind, and renews our soul. Prayer should be a major part of our lifestyle for its spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and psychological benefits. God doesn’t want us to be selfish and self absorbed, not caring about others, but He does wants us to be self serving yet self sacrificing while maintaining self care. It is a misconception that we should give without expecting anything in return. God gave his only begotten Son, in order to gain the world. Jesus gave the ultimate gift, His life, and gained redemption for mankind. Being self sacrificing He gained a name above every name, and is now seated in heavenly places on the right hand of God serving as intercessor for mankind. We should give and pray with purpose, expecting the Lord to give us in return very specific promises and blessings. Everything we do should serve ourselves while we serve others. The greater we are, the more people we serve. But we are people too; therefore serving ourselves in a positive, non-destructive way increases our greatness as well. God expects us to take care of our mental, spiritual and physical self. If we are tired we should rest; if we are stressed we should pray casting our cares upon Him. Prayer is sacrificial in that we often don’t feel like doing it. It is an act of humbling ourselves before God, letting go of ego, and recognizing our limitations. When we give the sacrifice of prayer and thanksgiving, we should expect to receive the benefits of God’s love, mercy, grace, provision and favor. And we should expect to get an answer from Him.