5 Tangible Health Benefits of Prayer

Discovering the power of prayer

Military spouses can find comfort and stress relief in prayer.

Whether you are a Christian, Buddhist or a Pagan — or even if you are not sure if you follow any religious faith — you can still pray. Prayer is a way to release thoughts, hopes and wishes out into the universe. Prayer is a great way to let things go, ask for help and let your wishes and stresses out.

Many military families will tell you that prayer is an essential tool for mental and emotional health. When you get to the point where you have done everything you can do and you are still left with worry or doubt, prayer can be a huge relief. It’s also a great way to speak your mind and work through thoughts and feelings you are not ready to discuss with anyone else yet.

Prayers can be silent or spoken out loud but praying can help you to identify and acknowledge stress in your life and it can help relieve you of your burdens by helping you to let go of things you cannot control. There are also several mental and emotional benefits to praying.

Discovering your form of faith

Faith can take many forms.

Inner Peace

Praying brings a sense of peace and well-being. It can bring a great sense of relief to place your problems and stress in the hands of a higher power instead of feeling like you are on your own.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. —Mahatma Gandhi


Stress Relief

There is no denying that life has got more and more stressful in general in this fast paced world we live in. Stress and worry can take a heavy toll on military spouses,  not to mention the extra burdens of military life.  Prayer and meditation are frequently suggested and highly effective ways to relieve stress.

Pray, and let God worry. —Martin Luther

Discovering the power of prayer

Prayer can give strength and ease worry.

Positive Outlook

When everything seems hopeless, prayer can help in bringing a positive outlook back into your life. Praying helps us prepare for a better tomorrow, and that hope helps us move forward through adversity. Even through tragedy, prayer can help you look forward with a more positive outlook.

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. —Oprah Winfrey

Finding Purpose

Prayer helps us get a sense of direction in our lives and helps us feel that there is more to our actions than just what we can control. Reflecting and working through our inner conflicts will help us decide the paths we should take. If you are a religious person prayer can help you feel connected and help you understand how to live in accordance with your religion.

Go where your best prayers take you. —Frederick Buechner


When one believes that it is possible to relay ones problems to a higher entity, it helps you to face your daily problems and obstacles with what could otherwise be overwhelming and daunting. Praying prevents you from panicking when your situation seems overwhelming.

Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure. —Jewish proverb

Do not stress about praying in the “right” way. Pray in a way that feels comforting and right for you.


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