Did you know that prayer can actually reverse the damage in your brain caused by negative thinking? Dr. Caroline Leaf, one of my favorite authors and speakers, shared in a recent blog that just 12 minutes a day of focused prayer, over an eight-week period, can impact the brain in measurable ways documented on brain scans.1 That’s good news for you and me!
Our brains process over 30,000 thoughts each day. Too often, many or most of these are negative, filled with worry or “what-if’s.” As a result, stress, anxiety, and depression take their toll on our lives. Even many physical illnesses can be linked to toxic thoughts which literally damage our brain.
But There’s Hope!
Paul says we are to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5). And to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1). Prayer and meditation are effective ways to do this and we can see how science confirms Scripture! When we pray, we are “renewing our mind” and reversing the negative brain damage caused by toxic thoughts. Aren’t you glad God has provided all we need to think positive and live healthy, fulfilled lives. All it takes is our cooperation to participate in these benefits.
Shifting our brain takes intention. Do you want to improve your brain function? Be more focused and experience clearer thoughts? No, it’s not about taking some magic pill with quick, easy results. Instead, you get to partner with your Father in heaven through prayer and meditation. Most of all, day by day, you will be transformed, strengthened, and energized.
Take a few minutes right now. Stop what you are doing and listen for His voice. Focus your thoughts because God’s got some great things to say to you! Oh, and it will heal your brain!
- Newberg, Andrew, and Mark Robert Waldman. How God changes your brain: Breakthrough findings from a leading neuroscientist. Ballantine Books, 2010, p. 26, 27.