Prayer is one of the leading pastimes in self-reflection and gratitude. Having the ability to draw inward and speculate is a fundamental skill if one wishes to grow and achieve an unlimited number of goals and grow spiritually. Praying, specifically, provides such benefits as not coming to understand oneself, but about promoting virtuous ideals and personal character growth.
Better sense of self – Praying brings you closer to yourself as well as the higher power you pray to. A study by conducted by Columbia University shows that prayer reduces ego and promotes humility. This makes people more concerned for a greater good rather than just themselves, improving selflessness.
Good for your heart – Prayer helps regulate your heartbeat, making it stronger and less stressed. Though it is a mental and spiritual activity, prayer has been known to speed up the recovery of the heart following heart attacks and cardiac surgery.
Increase lifespan – By minimizing all the life-threatening effects of stress and environmental factors, praying helps your body heal more efficiently and age more smoothly. All this put together helps the body heal faster and live longer.
Improves attitude – Prayer helps you be humbled.Through prayer we come to realize how large the world is and how minor our problems are compared to it. When praying for other people we tend to sympathize to others’ problems rather than be selfish. When praying positively, we tend to see a change in our overall attitude making us feel happy both mentally and socially.
Gain forgiveness – Prayer helps us to open ourselves to forgiveness. It is important to remember that we are all humans who make mistakes.Praying helps us forgive ourselves for those past mistakes made so that we can move on. Also, during prayer you may be able to gain some insight and sense of direction.
Gives us hope – When going through a very emotional phase, prayer helps us believe that there is hope in getting through situations. Praying helps us believe that there is a higher being that we can help us shoulder our burdens. Although having hope may not mean that things will turn out the way we want them to, trusting someone with our problems helps get a burden off our shoulders.
Relieves stress – We live in a pressure-filled world where we are constantly being rushed to take on responsibilities, succeed and be at the top of everything. Reflecting on our problems through prayer helps relieve the initial stress of the situation. Leaving our problems up to a higher being.
Stronger mindset – While prayer also promotes hope in the future, faith is also what keeps a religious person centered and strong. Through their belief they have the strength to overcome both trivial and major worries.
Recovery – After a situation leaves you emotionally or physically distraught recovery can be a long process. Prayer serves as a way to deal with the aftermath and keep one’s faith. Your mind and body are focused solely on healing while prayer keeps you centered and hopeful. It also helps us maintain a positive outlook on life – Day-to-day issues affect our stress levels and mood. Daily prayer keeps religious people looking forward to a better tomorrow. By helping us be thankful for every day, praying changes our outlook on life as a whole.
If you are married, you may have discovered why marriage is so important and experienced some of the good that comes from it. Or, maybe marriage was hard for some of you and you’re no longer married. However, there is hope. But that hope starts with realizing that marriage can be more amazing than you have experienced or even thought.
People who have been married many years have experienced both the amazing as well as the very hard. Marriage eliminated loneliness for the couple. Married couple are more effective in working as a team versus working as individuals. Through challenges, mature as human beings. And a side bonus, married couples have wonderful children that come from their union. Those are all good and wonderful results of being married, but they’ve also discovered something even greater. I believe God created marriage to reveal more about Himself and how awesome He is. This is revealed through many aspects for marriage. Here are few more important reasons that explain the importance of marriage.
1. Beginning - ”Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long Commitment". It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union. This union mirrors the one between God and His Church.
2. Oneness - When a man and woman get married, the “two become one.” Marriage is a bond like no other. It gives us a life partner,-a teammate , as we move through the challenges of life together.
3. Purity - Marriage is designed for purity. We face temptation nearly every minute and from all directions. The bond of marriage gives us the support to defeat temptation by engaging in deep, satisfying love—a love that gives to, and receives from, our mate physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
4. Parenting - When a marriage produces a child or receives a child through adoption, it is one of life’s greatest blessings. Roughly 40% of children being raised today are in a home without a father. The effects of that fact are staggering. Father absence causes increases in mental and behavioral disorders as well as criminal activity and substance abuse. But when children are raised in a healthy marriage, they get a front row seat to see and experience the lasting benefits of a strong family.
5. Love - Marriage is designed to mirror our Creator’s unconditional love for us. It’s a love that will always be there and will never leave us or forsake us. When a man and woman love one another unconditionally, contentment and joy follow.
In the ’Great Commission’, Jesus instructed His apostles to make disciples of all the nations “baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Why did our Lord emphasize the need for baptism? What ’benefits’ does the person receive when they are baptized? Here are just a few to consider:
Forgiveness of Sins - Show me a person who claims they have sinned not and I will show you the world’s greatest liar. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Therefore, one needs to be forgiven if they intend to be saved and enter into His eternal rest. We find that early Christians understood that remission or forgiveness of sins was obtained through water baptism: Take note of these verses: Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, ’Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” Acts 22:16, “And now why do you wait? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of the Lord.” (See also Col 2:12-13)
Puts One In Christ - People truly become children of God by faith, but not faith only, but by faith expressed in obedience to baptism. How do people get into Christ? Through faith-motivated water baptism. Take note of these verses: Galatians 3:26-27, “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Romans 6:3-4, “Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore, we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Spiritual Rebirth - The language of the ’new birth’ or ’regeneration’ appears to have been the favorite conception of the second-century Church about water baptism. Baptism gives us a new life in which we devote our life to Christ and doing His will. Take note of these verses: John 3:7, 5, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ’You must be born again…. born of water and of the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 , “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Titus 3:5, “According to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
Adds One to The Body (CHURCH) of CHRIST - Jesus bled and died for His church which He is the head thereof. Only baptized believers were added to the church (Acts 2:47). Although not everyone added to the church will be saved, it is unquestionable to say that no one outside the church will be saved. Take note of these verses: 1 Corinthians 12:13, 27, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,… Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually members of it.” John 3:5, “Jesus answered, ’Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” Acts 8:12, “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the Name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Colossians 1:18 states that “the body” is “the church”; therefore, one is placed into the Church at baptism. Note the connection in ACTS 2:41, 47, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls…. And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” Christ is “the Head of the Church, He Himself being the Savior of the Body”, having cleansed her by the washing of water.” (Ephesians 5:23,26).
Eternal Salvation - I can think of no greater reason to be baptized than to be saved. The average human being will live between 70-85 years old. Surely this is not enough time to enjoy very much in life. One third of your life will be spent sleeping or trying to get to sleep. Another one third of your time will be spent on education or work. This leaves a person with only eight hours a day to enjoy very much and most of that time is wasted. It is only when one gets old or sick that most realize that they had better prepare for the life to come. Like most human beings, they want to give to God as little as possible of their short time here on earth. This is why most don’t have a clue what it takes to be saved. Obviously, what saves us is our obedience to the gospel of Christ which includes: Hearing the Gospel (Rom 10:17); Believing and Confessing Jesus to be the Christ (Rom 10:10); and Repentance and Baptism (Acts 2:38). Definitely, without BAPTISM no one can be saved. Take note of these verses: Mark 16:16, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved;” Acts 11:13-14, 10:48, “Peter… shall tell you words, whereby you and all your house shall be saved…. And he (Peter) commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord.” 1 Peter 3:21, “Baptism does also now save us.”
The world will have no peace whatsoever (Isaiah 48:22). Having considered what the New Testament teaches concerning the benefits of faith-motivated baptism, there is no wonder that the Lord commanded it in the Great Commission for anyone who desires to be saved once this life has been completed.