Part IV: Mind-Body-Faith Phenomenon: The Power of Prayer

Medical research has shown that by implementing a holistic approach to health and wellness by encouraging faith practices, particularly prayer in health matters, it often paves the way for maximal mind-body-spirit wellness. No longer controversial as in the distant past, this approach is highly effective, and can also be quite motivating for patients. Motivated patients are more apt to embrace the treatment plan given them by their healthcare providers, hence benefiting them in a myriad of ways.Hope-filled, motivated patients are more apt to be compliant and follow doctor’s orders as prescribed for treatments and medication. As hopefulness and optimism prevail, they are less likely to become depressed after surgery when they are well-connected to their practitioners and to their own practical faith practices, such as prayer. These patients generally have better, more open communication with their healthcare professionals, and embrace their independence earlier than those who feel distant from their practitioners. They are more capable of getting out of bed to reestablish mobility after surgery, and overall have less short-term complications. Because of all these factors, they are also less likely to have long-term complications, as they diligently strive to do what they have been instructed by their nurses and physicians.When working with patients, with practical faith and prayer front and center in health care practices, it allows for maximal health and wellness-body, mind, and spirit-and plays a vital role in encouraging self-help, independence and swift healing of the mind-body connection. Patients that heal quicker have less discomfort and pain and require less pain medication. Also, those who heal without medical complications are more likely to decrease days/nights spent in the hospital, therefore decreasing healthcare costs for both the patient and their respective insurance companies.When patients practice practical faith through prayer, they are able to experience great relief and get the rest they need to heal. They are able to have more confidence in themselves and the healthcare system as they grow in faith and believe and trust that ‘All is well.’ In essence, they are more able to do what they can to get well, and as the saying goes, ‘Leave the rest to God.’In a way, prayer is an important component in healthcare for the prevention of physical complications, depression and anxiety, as it provides patients with an overall sense of well-being. For when patients lay their concerns in the hands of the medical staff, doctors and nurses, and God, as well, the results are significant and lasting.

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