Simple, Powerful Ways to Improve Your Health Through Prayer

Guest post by Julie Morris. See her website at

We often feel like we live in a broken world. And that means we all experience pain and challenges, many of which don’t have a quick solution. Problems can become especially overwhelming for those of us with physical, mental, or emotional health issues.

However, God never promised that we would lead a pain-free life. In fact, Apostle Paul tells us to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). God did promise us that He will always be with us and that we can always call on Him: “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).”

Too many believers today view prayer as merely a corporate act for Sunday service. But living an active, enriching prayer life each day can do wonders for your spiritual walk. And it can even benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health. Today, Giving Christ provides a few simple tips for incorporating more prayer for better overall well-being.

Notice the Science

A 2018 randomized controlled trial found that simply repeating the Jesus prayer served as an effective coping skill for participants. Science will never be able to explain the endless wonders of God. But many mental health experts have linked prayer to significant mental health benefits.

The findings, published in Spirituality in Clinical Practice, surmised that repeating the Jesus Prayer served as an effective coping skill for participants. The short prayer can be used as a stress-reducing strategy and help individuals adopt an attitude of surrender. Imagine how devoting yourself to regular prayer and intercession could do for your mental health!

Make Practical Changes  

Along with prayer, there are many simple lifestyle changes worth considering for better physical, mental, and emotional health. For example, regular exercise provides well-documented benefits for all-around health and well-being.

You can incorporate physical activity into your routine no matter how busy you are. Go for a leisurely walk during lunch, choose the stairs over the elevator, and find 20-minute at-home workouts for mornings or evenings.

Also, evaluate your diet and see if you can make some nutritious substitutions. MedicineNet notes that following a clean diet can boost your daily energy levels and long-term health. And if you prioritize restful sleep, you’ll be amazed by how it positively impacts your mood, energy, concentration, and productivity.

Embrace the Outdoors

Similar to the activities above, spending time outdoors has long been proven to boost mental health. Being in nature can provide you with a sense of tranquility and help you connect with your Creator.

Not only can you enjoy beautiful sites, but nature also engages your other senses (hearing, smell, touch, taste). Carve out time for prayer walks, contemplating Scripture on your patio or at the park, and doing physical activities like running, hiking, or cycling.

Meditate on the Word

Finally, spend time meditating on the word of God. In Psalm 1:2, King David says this of the blessed believer: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

The best way to ensure you actually get the time to quietly reflect and meditate on Scripture is to pencil it in as you would any other appointment. Allow yourself time to read the Bible slowly and contemplate each verse within its context. Ask the Holy Spirit to meet you and reveal God’s character through the pages.

Reflection and meditation can also serve as enriching family activities. Make time to worship God, read the Bible, and pray together. You might be surprised by how it transforms your living environment and individual lives.


Prayer is an integral part of a healthy spiritual life, but it also impacts your mind, body, and soul. Remember the tips above as you begin working more prayer into your daily life, and make practical changes that benefit your overall health and well-being. Lastly, try to stay heavenly-minded as you face the ups and downs of this life. If you want to learn about Jesus at your own pace, Giving Christ makes it easy. Connect with us today to learn more

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