by Krista Davis on May 3, 2012




Since today, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer I began thinking of all the reasons for and benefits of prayer. Religions all over the world, self-help organizations, and some counseling methods use the power of prayer to encourage healthier and more positive lives.

To me prayer isn’t strictly a religious aspect, but it is more of a spiritual experience that helps me be more self-aware. The topics I mention during prayer, especially when alone are my true feelings and beliefs of gratitude, concerns, and hopes. Prayer allows me to reflect on my inner most thoughts and accept aspects of life or focus on changing my present situation; like the serenity prayer says, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

However, prayer doesn’t have to be prewritten verses and traditions. Prayer is more like speaking from the heart to a best friend who will never criticize you. It can be cathartic to speak your thoughts and feelings out loud, even if the response isn’t immediate. A sense of stress relief can occur through prayer, just by acknowledging matters of worry, and having the understanding you aren’t alone. This can be as simple as silently praying for patience or self-control during a stressful situation during the middle of the day. For example prayer can help when driving in congested traffic to keep road rage down and to feel more of a sense of control and safety, or to focus on being patient when helping a child complete difficult homework.

Besides praying during times of stress, I believe morning prayer helps set the tone for the day, especially if you keep a positive outlook during it. Saying things like, “Thank you for letting me wake to see another day, for the rain to nourish the plants, and for guiding me through the day with your ever-present love. I hope I am open to your signs and my inner voice to help  my behavior and thoughts be wiser, healthier, and selfless” helps to begin your day with a happier perspective. Morning prayer is beneficial in visualizing what you want out of the day and how you will react to unplanned stressful situations. This can help you keep your inner thoughts positive, so life isn’t as difficult to deal with.

Throughout the day use prayer to take a moment for yourself, rethink the situation, and try to look at your problems with a more positive and open mindset. Self awareness, having the knowledge you aren’t alone, and taking time for gratitude make prayer a beneficial tool in dealing with everyday problems.

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Krista Davis

Krista is a self-proclaimed “health nut” and eco-friendly enthusiast.

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