Power of prayer boosts self-control and emotional stability

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2013-12-01 14:18

A new study has confirmed that prayer helps people resist temptation by maintaining control over their emotions.

Since the beginning of time, people have made bad choices based on emotion, rather than thinking things through or pausing to pray and ask God for direction.

According to researchers, people turn to prayer as a way to cope with life’s inevitable challenges and, in exchange, they receive a renewed strength and the power to turn away from temptation.

In contrast, prior research has shown that when people rely on their own strength to control their thoughts and emotions, as opposed to relying on God’s strength through prayer, their risk of having an angry outburst is increased, as is their risk of binge eating and drinking.

In this latest study, however, German psychologists from Saarland University and the University of Mannheim have discovered that prayer helps people control their emotions and behavior.

The psychologists reported that pausing for a short period of personal prayer “buffered the self-control depletion effect”.

Their findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, are consistent with and in support of an increasing amount of research confirming the power of prayer in helping people maintain self-control.

Previous research on the power of prayer has also demonstrated a link between praying and lower rates of infidelity and alcohol abuse.

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In my book From Leaf to Life: Unlock the secrets to true health, I listed I open to Grace as the second Credo of wellness. In my clinical experience as a medical herbalist, I have seen many times in my own life and in others how prayer and opening ourselves to God brings healing and even enhance the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. The reason why many are not healed is that we failed to integrate the physical body, emotions and our spirit in our healing journey. God as you understood Him should be a part of our healing process.

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