The Power of Prayer to Reverse Disease

29 Jul

Prayer is an integral part of the Abundant Life. One of the first things Jesus taught His followers was how to pray, and He frequently separated Himself – even from His ministry – to take time to be with our Heavenly Father. He indicated the power of prayer to change our circumstances, but we’re learning more about what prayer can do for our lives and even our health.

 

The Importance of Prayer

In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

The life of a Christian should center around prayer. Jesus modeled this for us, making time for prayer even when He was surrounded with people expecting so much of Him. In His three year ministry, He accomplished enough that the Gospels say books couldn’t contain it all – yet He still made time to step away and pray; which was probably the reason why He was able to accomplish so much, but that’s another story altogether…

Like the proverbial caution against Perfection becoming the enemy of Good, we cannot allow Busy to take away from Blessed.

Taking the time out in prayer to breathe, meditate, and refocus our lives is vital for our spiritual, mental, and physical health.

What a boon to universal manifestation is to be found in universal prayer!

Tis a hymn

That, humming lightly,

Penetrates the air-

A wave of light,

Manifesting everywhere.

Sun glow and sun fire,

Hope’s a radiant desire–

Manchild manifesting

Spiritual Intensifier

I AM THAT I AM–so pure,

Imbued with cosmic power.

I shall endure

All assailing, failing

Outer things,

By consecration now within

Expand my wings.

I, too shall win–

I shall rise!

No more by carnal bound,

My rising soul hears

The universal sound.

Where God is, there I AM,

and Everywhere’s my prayer.

“Tis fragrance’s evolving spin

That shapes my destiny through prayer.

Communication with the One,

Our Father dear,

Thou Radiance of the Central Sun,

Appear!

By Light I glow,

Thy word I hear:

Beloved Son, through love

Cast out all fear!

Thy work is mine;

To Thee I say, “Well done!”

For faith and hope

And Charity are one;

Attainment comes as see of God

Right here within thyself.

Expand and know the fullness

Of the inner light that glows

To teach, to counsel, to enfold!

I AM the cosmic law

Of elder race of old

That, shining down

The pathways of the years,

Has sought to guide,

To wipe away all human tears,

To show the power of the inner light,

The inner faith, the inner might,

To shape and reshape the course of men,

To cause the holy kingdom

To be born again in men.

“Come then, let us reason together,” saith God.

“My law of love and truth is heaven’s rod.

I stretch it forth in barren wilderness.

I make hopeful blossoms to confess

The Lord is God.”

He will bestow the wonders

Of communion to mankind below.

He’ll raise the earth

And every man that’s here

And let the cosmic universal Christ appear.

Why will ye tarry, blessed ones?

Why will ye delay as you pass this way?

It is a golden opportunity

Restoring great sincerity

And cosmic purpose old,

Restoring communication

With the God of old

Who maketh all things new

And swiftly bringeth into view

The greater light.

 

Blessed ones, join with me in the prayer of faith that all men may be one, even as God is one. Join with me in faith that true integration with Eternal Law will come to every man. In truth this is the master plan.                                                                                                                                          Abundantly, in the never failing response of universal prayer by every cosmic being.

Jesus the Christ

Prayer and Meditation by Jesus and Kuthumi – thesummitlighthouse.org

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Prayer Research

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 )

The subject of prayer has been the focus of a surprising amount of research. No doubt, the contrast between concrete steps of science and abstract actions of faith is intriguing.

A word of caution precedes the pursuit of hard evidence or “trying” God – at its core, prayer is about faith. With this in mind, the results of research are mixed – as one would expect. Yet, there have been indications of the effects of prayer that can be measurable in terms of data.

A 2015 review worked through the literature to analyze how and why people pray for others and during personal illness. The review documents a few studied reasons people pray in relation to health, including: (1)

  • Disease-centered prayer
  • Assurance-centered prayer
  • God-centered prayer
  • Others-centered (intercessory) prayer
  • Lamentations

For each of these kinds of prayer, researchers have analyzed the ways prayer is initiated, the motivation behind it, and the results, looking for patterns and verifiable results. At the end of the day, the confirmation we have regarding the effects of prayer seems to boil down to the long-standing core understanding of the Christian faith:

Prayer changes things, yes, but more importantly, prayer changes us.

5 Ways Prayer Heals

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

1. Stress Management

This is the first healing change that I’d like to point out, for a very specific reason. Stress is at the core of so many of our health issues, both chronic and acute. Incidentally, stress is also one of our primary excuses for not spending more time in prayer.

In 1 Peter, we’re instructed to cast all our anxiety on Him, and we need to do so now more than ever.

An extensive review of the literature deemed individuals with an engaged religious and spiritual lifestyle have better mental health and adapt more quickly to health problems. (2) Moving our minds and hearts away from our stress and onto our faith takes the weight off of our shoulders.

2. Peace of Mind

When we turn our cares and stresses over to God in prayer, we are left with a peace of mind – yes, that passes all understanding! It doesn’t have to make sense – in analytics or research or data – for us to be calm and confident in the face of adversity. It’s a matter of faith expressed through prayer!

In addition to the overall health improvement indicated in the previous review, this level of peace was reflected in a study on patients with depression and anxiety. Not only did prayer help initially, but the effects of intensive prayer therapy extended until the follow up a full year after the study. (3) As many of us know personally, that kind of peace can extend as long as we are willing to maintain the prayer relationship.

Remember, His yoke is easy and burden light! We don’t have to hold our worries and cares, and when we actively let it go in prayer, our health reflects that release.

3. Lowered Inflammation

The illnesses and conditions sparked by stress are typically inflammatory in nature – the body’s inflammatory responses going into overdrive to attack the invisible threat. So, naturally, when our stress is under control thanks to a productive prayer life, the negative inflammatory response will be lessened.

Exploratory research is touching on this phenomenon, with a recent study pointing out the potential that we can help control inflammation with intentional control of emotions. (4) Purposefully shifting our focus in prayer can play a huge role in this kind of control that would ultimately tell our bodies to breathe easy – God’s got this!

4. Gut Health

A poorly functioning gut can wreak havoc on health. Beyond nutrient absorption – which is no small task – the gut is also a key component in immunity, bacterial balance, and even mental health.

The connection between the brain and gut is so strong it’s often referred to as the gut-brain axis. Our mental and emotional stresses trigger reactions in the brain that are then reflected in the gut. (5) Conversely, peace and calm in response to prayer is no less connected and can certainly benefit and even heal unstable gut health.

5. Intercessory Prayer

Heavily researched and hotly contested, scientists are dying to know whether and how intercessory prayer – praying for others – affects health.

A randomized, controlled study in 1999 indicated improved health for coronary care unit patients who had been prayed for. (6) This sparked an avalanche of studies and counters. Some, perhaps rightly, caution that we should not try to nail down a scientific formula for eliciting or even manipulating God’s hand.

I would counter that someone trying to manipulate God isn’t really praying at all.

Thirteen years later, patients with cancer who were graced with intercessory prayer were found to have a small but significant improvement in spiritual well-being. (7) For all that can and cannot be measured, I’m not sure that we can ask for more than this.

Intercessory prayer binds a community of faith together in support to provide each other with light in a dark time, however small it may be, it remains significant. And in the light, we find healing of our mind, body, or soul – sometimes, all three.

Dr. Eric Z

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“There is a time and a place for quiet meditation, a time and a place for prayer, a time and a place for decrees.” The three form a trinity of power, wisdom and love-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit experienced within the temple of your being.

In the power of the spoke Word, behold how the Creator first framed the universe with the fiat “let there be light!” In meditation, perceive the quickening of wisdom as the “wise dominion” of the Christ mind. In prayer, let the love of the Hold Spirit become in you the integration principle of life. When you have the trinity in this interchange, in this integration with God, your communion will work with the mathematics of the cosmos.

Prayer and Meditation by Jesus and Kuthumi  – thesummitlighthouse.org

Resources:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4357134/
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3671693/
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22641932
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26581830
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4214655/
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10547166
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22894887

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