How Can Prayer Help in a Time of Crisis, like a Pandemic?

How Can Prayer Help in a Time of Crisis, like a Pandemic?

We are living in uncertain times and such flux can cause insurmountable anxiety, discomfort, and general malaise. Prayer has the ability to relieve the daily stresses, create a sense of peace, and help us connect to our inner calm.

It is also our time, personally and collectively, to gather our feelings, physically and emotionally from the day, and meditate on how we can move forward with positivity, kindness, and intention. These values will always serve ourselves and our communities and prayer has a way of harnessing our goodwill.

It is no surprise that postive people are at the helm of positive communities, which cultivate productive, effective, and hopeful societies, and so on and so forth. Christians who have an unwavering faith, who practice what they preach and lead by example pay these attributes forward in their daily lives. These are all virtues to live by, in His name.

Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, a cardiologist in Kansas City, is conducting research on the power of prayer during this trying time. In an interview with NPR, he said: "We all believe in science, and we also believe in faith," Lakkireddy says. "If there is a supernatural power, which a lot of us believe, would that power of prayer and divine intervention change the outcomes in a concerted fashion? That was our question."

Prayer is an outlet that can bring all of these elements together, simply by just being and believing. The gift of the holy candle ignited at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one that can be given to ourselves, to friends and family, or even as a selfless idea, a holy candle for the health of the world. These prayers do not go unheard. The power of prayer is miraculous.