Philippians 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, 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.
Up to this point we’ve talked about types of pain, when to see a doctor, and our conversations with others. Today I want to begin talking about things we can do to help our chronic pain and illness.
Though every time this isn’t true, for the most part, my first place to go when I’m in a chronic pain crisis is to talk to someone about it. My family and friends can be a true source of comfort and strength, but I have to dig deeper when my pain is off the charts.
Family may try to “fix” you, and when that doesn’t work, they can become frustrated. Friends can get overwhelmed. So what help do I seek when I’m in pain or sick – prayer. Yet, does prayer really work? Prayer has been shown to help you heal faster, get sick less often, improve the immune system and helps in many other ways.
Below you’ll find a link to a website that discusses some of the scientific evidence showing that prayer does work. And this is not just the prayers that we say, but those of others, people we might not even know, who are praying for us.
But how does someone start that prayer? Maybe you feel like you’d be just a bother to God. Maybe you feel you don’t deserve His attention. But both of those don’t apply to God. Take a look at the Bible verses above. The writer, Paul, had gone through a lot of serious trials and he knew where to start to get help.
God is always ready to pick up the phone and listen to us when we call. You’ll never hear his answering machine asking you to call back at another time. Nor will you get a busy signal. God is always available. And here’s a bonus feature: When we pray, peace is on its way to guard our hearts and minds and prevent us from becoming overwhelmed. So pick up the “phone” and dial: 1-800-call God and watch what happens.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.