It is well established that daily prayer eases stress but new research suggests that prayer can be even more beneficial when recited aloud. Recently German scientists reported that women who spend just five minutes a day praying aloud are 81% more relaxed that those who don't practice this habit! That is huge!
When God says to pray, he really means it. To pray is the most commonly mentioned command in Scripture. It is mentioned more than "love your neighbor," more than "go to church," and more than "evangelize." More than anything else, God calls us to pray. I believe our greatest calling as Christians is the ministry of prayer. And if praying aloud a few minutes a day will make me 81% more relaxed............what a stress soother!
Psalm 116:7 I said to myself, "Relax, because the Lord takes care of you."