There is a close relationship between prayer and recovery.
Dr. Rob Whitley, author and psychologist, writes, “New research indicates that regular prayer can have many mental health benefits.”
A study completed by Harvard professor Tyler VanderWeele found that young adults who prayed daily tended to have fewer depressive symptoms, and higher levels of satisfaction and self-esteem, in comparison to those who never prayed.
Another study examined the perspective of over 2,000 adults with mental illness in California, finding that over 80 percent agreed that spirituality was very important to their mental health.
The psalmist knew this centuries ago. He prayed, “Answer me when I call, O Lord. You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” (Psalm 4:1).
Recovery Step: Become a person of prayer.