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Day 50: Prayer Changes You

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” ‒ Romans 12:2 (NLT)

I’ve recently learned that we can create new neural pathways of connection in our brains just by thinking the same thoughts every day. Studies say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and the science behind it is fascinating. A study published by Dr. Caroline Leaf reported that focused prayer for at least 12 minutes per day over an eight-week period affects a person's brain. A brain scan showed that activity increased in the parts of the brain associated with social compassion and sensitivity to others. Literally, prayer can change us.

I’ve read this verse in Romans many times, but somehow I didn't connect the way God made our brains with God transforming us into new people. I guess I thought His Spirit would zap me if I got too far off in my own thinking. Yet, God made a provision in our own bodies for us to be renewed in our minds. The cool part is that we just have to focus our thoughts on Him for minutes a day. When we pray with gratitude back to God and ask for help or provision for others, it refocuses us, realigns our priorities, and

truly transforms us.

We have a caring God who made us in His image so we care for each other. Who or what do you need to pray for? Not only will God hear you, but He’ll make you into a new person in the process.

- Amy Kane

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