According to an international speaker, John L. Mason who has inspired millions of people in business, church, civic and educational settings with his unique and captivating blend of wisdom, encouragement and blunt honesty said in his book titled AN Enemy Called Average, he pointed out 12 benefits of prayer which we have decided to share with everyone reading this piece to inspire and motivate us. when we pray at times, we feel our prayers are not answered and we think the prayers have no impact on our lives whereas, the benefits of prayer to everyone is massive
12 BENEFITS OF PRAYER
Prayer defeats the devil (Mathew18:18)
Verily I say unto you,Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Prayer saves the unbeliever (Acts 2:21)
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Prayer edifies the believer (Jude 20)
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit
Prayer sends labourers into the harvest (Mathew 9:38)
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Prayer heals the sick (James 5:13-15)
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Prayer overcomes the impossible (Mathew 21:21)
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
Prayer changes the natural (James 5:17-18)
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
Prayer brings the right things to pass (Mathew 7:7-11)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Prayer imparts wisdom (James 1:5)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Prayer brings peace (Philippians 4:5-7)
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer guards against temptation (Mathew 26:41)
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Prayer reveals Gods answers (Luke 11:9-10)
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.