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FRONT PAGE  |  10/17/2019
SATURDAY, DEC 23, 2017  |  12 comments
Prayer May Help Relieve Stress, but Fewer Americans Make Time for It

For many Americans, the days before Christmas are stress central.

There’s the scramble to fit in one more shopping spree, the rush to post Christmas greetings, attend church services, volunteer at the soup kitchen, bake cookies, wrap gifts, fight traffic.

And then, when families finally gather, there are the simmering feuds just waiting to erupt.

Americans are feeling stressed during the holidays — and year-round.


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News Item12/26/17 11:34 AM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
I am under a near constant state of stress having to be around the men in residence at that shelter I reside in because most of them are unsaved reprobates without Christ. I deal with stress by asking Jesus to give me strength in dealing with those unsaved reprobates without Christ.
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News Item12/23/17 5:14 PM
Watcher  Contact via emailFind all comments by Watcher
Edward Bear wrote:
Good points there, but the question remains--who do we pray to?
Here's a quote from the story, which was from the American Psychological Association's study on stress.
"Do people consider prayer or attending church not necessarily something that manages stress?” asked Lynn Bufka, a psychologist with the APA’s Stress in America team. “We don’t know.”
Her question is confused, prayer is not the same thing as attending church. She might as well have said, prayer or drinking coffee and watching squirrels eat from the bird feeder that I just refilled.
No wonder she then says, 'We don't know'
If you start with the wrong premises, you cannot get anywhere.
I would add another question, can you pray if you don't believe in God? Paul seemed to say no, that those who pray to God must believe he exists.
Yet many people today think of God as only some impersonal higher power. On that level, you can say that your local government is a higher power, your state government is a higher power, and the federal government is a higher power. Shall we pray to them?
As they say in the old mystery novels, the APA in dealing with prayer is getting things all 'bollixed up'
Are you specifically asking because you don't know...or?
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News Item12/23/17 5:00 PM
Connor7  Find all comments by Connor7
"For many Americans, the days before Christmas are stress central." lol
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News Item12/23/17 4:48 PM
Anne | the Wild West  Find all comments by Anne
Hi Frank! So true! I once heard a pastor make a comment I think of often. He was speaking of our world views using Saul and David during the fight with Goliath as an example. Saul was afraid of the giant saying "Who are we that we should go up against these Philistines?!" while David said "Who is this Philistine that he should defy the God of Isreal!?" His point being that the challenges in your life are a battle between your God and Satan, not you and Satan. So prayer used as communication between God and man is our link. But as Edward Bear and Watcher said, so many abuse what godly prayer is and use it as some magical formula to peace.
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News Item12/23/17 4:38 PM
Edward Bear | Hundred Acre Wood  Find all comments by Edward Bear
Good points there, but the question remains--who do we pray to?
Here's a quote from the story, which was from the American Psychological Association's study on stress.

"Do people consider prayer or attending church not necessarily something that manages stress?” asked Lynn Bufka, a psychologist with the APA’s Stress in America team. “We don’t know.”

Her question is confused, prayer is not the same thing as attending church. She might as well have said, prayer or drinking coffee and watching squirrels eat from the bird feeder that I just refilled.
No wonder she then says, 'We don't know'
If you start with the wrong premises, you cannot get anywhere.

I would add another question, can you pray if you don't believe in God? Paul seemed to say no, that those who pray to God must believe he exists.

Yet many people today think of God as only some impersonal higher power. On that level, you can say that your local government is a higher power, your state government is a higher power, and the federal government is a higher power. Shall we pray to them?
As they say in the old mystery novels, the APA in dealing with prayer is getting things all 'bollixed up'

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News Item12/23/17 4:11 PM
Watcher  Contact via emailFind all comments by Watcher
Edward Bear wrote:
Prayer is a very touchy subject--prayer to who? Even here at this website, you can find big disagreements over the finer points of doctrine I've heard that a good one third of all Jewish people in the US do not believe in God. So who would they pray to?
And one fifth of Catholics do not believe in God. Who do they pray to?
Maybe more Americans are meditating, doing yoga, tai chi, etc. instead of praying.
Sad, isn't it? Even in churches today we hear pastors telling the congregation to command God! Really? The whole point of prayer is to submit to the sovereignty of God. Prayer isn't something we do to unleash power or to push around a dumb God, it's a matter of putting ourselves in the right perspective and giving God the glory He deserves through worship, petition and thanksgiving. Prayer with the wrong motives is nothing more than play-acting.
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News Item12/23/17 3:23 PM
Edward Bear | Hundred Acre Wood  Find all comments by Edward Bear
Prayer is a very touchy subject--prayer to who? Even here at this website, you can find big disagreements over the finer points of doctrine (to find them, pick any story that has over 100 comments--it's a sure bet that most of them have nothing to do with the story at hand but rather are exchanges over doctrines that you may not understand unless you've spent a couple years in seminary).
I've heard that a good one third of all Jewish people in the US do not believe in God. So who would they pray to?
And one fifth of Catholics do not believe in God. Who do they pray to?

Maybe more Americans are meditating, doing yoga, tai chi, etc. instead of praying.

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News Item12/23/17 2:05 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
When we are being tested by the trials of life that our Lord has allowed to enter into our lives, it is never our circumstance that is the issue before our heavenly Father, but our faith and trust in Him. So, if I have cancer and it obviously becomes a worry and a trial, what effect is the cancer having on my faith is the important issue before God? Our circumstances, regardless of their outcomes, are simply passing away as are our very lives. God wants us to trust completely and totally in His love and sovereignty and He will allow those trials to remain until that issue has been resolved. In His love, He can resolve the trial or He can leave the trial or make it worse. Our worldly circumstances are never the issue; only He is.

But, in order for our faith to be tested, the circumstances being used to test it have to be real or even imagined and something that is personally painful or apprehensive to us. And, we are all different, so I should never look at my brothers or sisters as if they are weak because of what constitutes anxiety to them. If we look at the book of Job, we realize that satan’s goal was to cause Job to deny God and his love for Him; he failed. Unfortunately, he has won that battle so often in my walk with my Lord.

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News Item12/23/17 12:24 PM
Ignominious Emirakan | Heart mind piece peace  Find all comments by Ignominious Emirakan
Jon wrote:
“Prayer May relieve stress”? —scriptures says in Philippians 4:6-7 that prayer does remove stress.
Phil4:6 Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally,
brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
9 Those things,
which ye have both learned,
and received,
and heard,
and seen in me,
do:
and the God of peace shall be with you.
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News Item12/23/17 11:11 AM
Jon  Find all comments by Jon
“Prayer May relieve stress”? —scriptures says in Philippians 4:6-7 that prayer does remove stress.
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News Item12/23/17 10:59 AM
Anne | the Wild West  Find all comments by Anne
Prayer is not a magic talisman for allieving stress. Like Saul treated the Ark or consulted priests and prophets before battle (God did not answer him); as many pray to saints or with shiny beads; or unbiblical, scripted prayers... Any relief is superficial and short-lived.

Pure relief from stress comes in the comfort of conversation with the One who predestined all things and so can speak to us as He spoke to the Sea of Galilee "Peace, be still." In THAT a Christian can lay down their cares continually and focus on what is above while being helped by our Savior with what is below. Everyone wants a quick fix. Sanctification takes a life-time. But we're in Good Hands, saints!

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News Item12/23/17 8:04 AM
Ignominious Emirakan | Still waters  Find all comments by Ignominious Emirakan
Eph 6: 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Security from stress via reliance on the Lord of hosts.

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