I absolutely cannot keep this to myself! It really excites me when science discovers truths that God’s Word has taught us for centuries.
Dr. Carolyn Leaf, a Christian and cognitive neuroscientist, is constantly releasing new discoveries to the public; and, just recently I read one that I have just got to share.
They are now scientifically discovering the incredible impact the spoken words of prayer have on both our brain and our atmosphere. It has been medically documented that 12 minutes of focused daily prayer, for 8 weeks, can create physiological changes in our brain and increased frontal lobe activity; which impacts our entire body. Voiced prayer is so strong that it can even impact laser light in our atmosphere. Should it be any surprise to us that since prayer can change the atmosphere, we have even watched storms change direction when we pray?
As I read this research, I immediately thought of the account of David and Goliath in I Samuel 12. Here is the boy, David, with his slingshot, facing the 9’ warrior, Goliath. With his words David declares, “This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head… All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” Of course, we all know how that one ended!
What a change in the atmosphere! It went immediately from fear-filled, to faith-filled – by the power of a word spoken in faith.
God has created us in such a miraculous way that we can not only change the composition of our brain, but we can change the atmosphere in which we live.
How am I impacting my atmosphere? Am I filling it with words about my terrible boss; inadequate husband; slothful kids; despair over my job or our government? How can that possibly bring about change for the good in my atmosphere when I am releasing havoc with my mouth?
Now that we understand the science behind God’s Word, (since obviously just reading or preaching about it was not enough to convince us to change our ways) how can we use the power of prayer and our spoken words to create positive lasting change?
I challenge you to engage in 12 minutes of faith-filled, focused prayer daily for 8 weeks. Retrain your brain and weigh your words carefully, making sure they are spreading seeds for positive atmospheric change – just like David did.
Fellow believers, we are a powerful army if we will properly utilize the power of prayer and our spoken words – i.e. the weapons of our warfare.
Pray with me: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Ps 19:14)