Brain On Prayer
How does the ritual, regardless of personal faith or intention, affect our behavior? Deeply, experts say.
There is research backing the idea that meditation and prayer can trigger the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain – NBC News
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As heartbreaking details continue to emerge from the tragic Parkland, Fla. school shooting, we may feel determined to do something, anything. Maybe it’s donating money to those affected, donating blood, signing petitions or calling legislators.
I’m doing all that (which really doesn’t feel at all like enough) and then something I don’t quite understand: I’m praying.
As an agnostic who does not identify with any organized religion, my version of prayer isn’t rooted in any tradition or theology. – NBC News
Avowed Agnostic prays and feels better.
What are we to make of this?
Simply this, words of prayer from the ill-advised is something they do to benefit themselves. Their prayers come from within themselves and are turned back in upon themselves. Like a black hole for which no light can escape, such praying, whether claiming Jesus or not, emits nothing beyond its selfish desires. Such prayers are selfishness turned inward into ever increasing selfishness.
Whereas, someone following Jesus expresses prayers that are placed upon them from above and thus outside themselves. Such holy prayers are a result of denying self, picking up a cross and following Jesus. These true prayers are selfless in nature and rooted in the pure love that comes from heaven.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18)
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. (Jude 1:20)
God only gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him and any words of prayer uttered otherwise are doomed to failure because they are merely lies expressed in meditation or words formed into prayers.
There are many ways to trick the brain into releasing feel-good chemicals.
One could just as easy hyper-ventilate or jump-up-and-down for 30 minutes and there would be a sense of relief and well being that follows. Goodness, some individuals throw-up after eating and get a sense of pleasure from the experience. Prayer is not about feeling good. If prayer does not spring from a holy worship of the Living God it is unclean and impure. Doomed to be unanswered.
Prayer without holy worship might be good for you, but true worship is what is good for a holy God.
The peace that comes from God, peace that is given by His Holy Spirit is often a result of petitions with loud cries and tears. Not some miserable, short-term release of brain chemicals.
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)
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