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Health & Fitness 
For your Mind, Body and Soul

(Christianity.com)

June's theme at FWM is Prayer!

What is Prayer?  Simply put, Prayer is Communication with God

6 Benefits of Prayer

1. Prayer changes our focus.    Praying directs our focus away from here on earth to God in heaven.

 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth (Colossians 3:2, NLT).

2.  Prayer brings us closer to God.  It helps us build our relationship with Him.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

3. Prayer ushers us into God’s presence.  When Jesus died on the cross for us, the veil was torn in two. That opened
      the way for us to talk t
o God ourselves.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find
     grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

4. Prayer is a way to help others.   Praying with someone and praying for someone.

Pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16).

5.   Prayer helps calm us. The world is full of things that bring anxiety into our lives and prayer can restore our peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

6. Prayer brings about change.  Prayer changes things, sometimes its a circumstance, and other times it's us.

 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops (James 4:16-18).

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