The Power of Prayer: Tips for getting started and maintaining faith through hard times
Through faith and prayer all of God’s children, regardless of age, can find solace and comfort in even the darkest times. Fellowship Square understands that as seniors age and lose loved ones or are dealing with health issues that seem overwhelming, they can experience sadness, frustration and even anger. However, with the power of prayer, spirits can be lifted — mentally and physically. Fellowship Square offers seniors the following tips for benefitting from the power of prayer.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for God’s Help — Some people don’t pray because they don’t like to ask for help — even if it’s from beyond this earth. Fellowship Square encourages seniors to ask for specifics in their prayers. Ask for comfort, ask for ease of pain, ask for whatever one needs and God will provide.
Make Prayer Part of Every Day — Much like meditation, people can take comfort in the regular act of spending a few quiet moments simply speaking to the heavens. For those that feel lost or hopeless, take some time every single day to pray, thank God for what he has provided, and ask for what is needed to find stability and strength during hard times.
Attend Mass — For those that are not used to praying on their own, attending a mass or a bible class can help seniors get used to the idea of praying on a regular basis. Getting together as a group of like-minded people can also be a powerful way to experience prayer — and its results.
Read the Bible — Right there within the pages of the bible lies encouragement to ask the heavens for help when in need. For example, Matthew 21:22 says, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Furthermore, Mark 9:29 encourages faith by saying, “this kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” John 14:13-14 reads, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” Themes of prayer and faith are emphasized again and again, so seniors can find comfort in reading the bible.
Have Faith — In addition to the power of prayer is the power of positive thinking. For prayer to work, people need to have faith and believe that things will get better and that God has a plan for everyone. Just having a solid faith system and positive attitude that while things may be hard now, there is light at the end of the tunnel, can help people feel a little better in times of trouble.
Fellowship Square invites residents and all seniors to take advantage of the power of prayer to help them heal in any way. Whether that means praying privately, joining a bible group, attending mass or any other way that connects one to the Lord, Fellowship Square encourages seniors to find what works for them to reap the miracle benefits of prayer.