Today, I did some reading about Prayer, and its effect on people.
Personal experience has taught me well about the power of prayer.
Our family had prayer chains linking across the nation for my brother's daughter in law this Fall. She went in to have a baby, and ended up in the hospital for several months in ICU, with almost no hope for recovery. She did, and is home now, reconnecting with her two daughters, thankful that she got her life back.
Prayer can get you through a crisis; and be extremely meaningful. Did you know that it can enhance the relaxation response in us, and perhaps our health? It's not easy to document the power of prayer. We do know that prayer can offer solace and comfort.
It can lessen hostility and anxiety as well. Prayer can lower blood pressure and affect your quality of life.
Not everyone who "believes" is a congregant.
Many non congregant's are extremely spiritual, they just choose to do it alone, or with nature. There shouldn't be "rules" about where you find your religion. Prayer soothes and heals. Church fellowship can do the same, if you are so inclined. Good can be done without being connected to a church. There are many ways to be a Christian, and to live a godly life. The building with the steeple really doesn't have anything to do with it.
Prayer is the answer however, whether you do it in groups, as you drive, lie in bed, feed your dogs. Small offerings of emotion sent up above on an updraft of good will are accepted by the big Guy. He knows where your heart is. Without Him, you probably don't have a prayer of a chance to get through all we have to in this world. I forget, too often, to give thanks and to say my prayers, unless a crisis pops up. I'm going to work on that.