It is at these times that prayer is most needed. By allowing your life's path to be by guided by God takes the onus of control off your back. As you well know, life offers no control. If we have control for the moment, it is often fleeting, leaving us without a moment's notice. After all, there are times in life we must go with the flow, drift on the river of intent, and hope it leads us to peaceful grounds. By questioning and admonishing what is happening to us only leaves us with a life of regret. And, as you well know, stress causes more pain, and that you can do without. Put your pain in someone's arms, allow your life to be guided, ask God to come in, and pray each moment you need him most. You will be amazed at how often your prayers are answered and peace is blessed upon you.
If you need some spiritual inspiration, God's Message Today offers a Monday's Blessing Blog. I write this blog, too, as an outlet to aid my own spirituality. I realized at the onset of this illness I needed a higher power to get through life's daily nuances prayer has amazing attributes and can help you battle that fire in our souls.
Dr. Mehmet Oz offers this advice, "Regardless of what motivates people to pray, there's no denying that a lot of people do it. One study shows that 36 percent of people use complementary and alternative medicine, but that number almost doubles when prayer is included in the definition. Those respondents say they use prayer for their own health and to help others. Even more telling: Of those people who said they prayed for
health reasons, 70 percent said that prayer was helpful. Why? Seems like it may work through several different mechanisms:- It relaxes: A form of meditation (no matter what your religious preferences), prayer helps to slow breathing and brain activity, and reduces heart rate and blood pressure. All relaxing, all good.
- It's positive: Let's face it. When you pray, you typically don't finish feeling like you want to rap somebody's ankles with a wooden spoon. You leave being filled with peace, joy, and other emotions that are worthy of being printed on holiday cocktail napkins. There's some evidence that these emotions lead to positive physiological responses throughout the entire body. Our stress hormone levels prepare for a peaceful existence. Perhaps more importantly, our immune system becomes less agitated so chemicals like proinflammatory cytokines, which act like kerosene on a fire, are not driving our joints and arteries to overreact to every biologic stress inside us. The result: A less inflamed, more beautiful place to live.- It's better than nothing (i.e. the placebo effect): I'd be remiss in my reporting if I didn't say that some of the benefits derived from prayer can simply be accounted for because the person feels like it's helping, whether it's physiologically helping or not. Placebo effects have been shown to account for 70 percent of the benefit
in some procedures. My stance here is that thinking you're doing something to help yourself is a big part of prayer anyway." He recommends reading You Being Beautiful.