“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” —Psalm 46:10

Studies have shown that prayer improves attention and planning, reduces depression and anxiety, decreases sleepiness, and protects the brain from cognitive decline associated with normal aging. Making requests of God is one important form of prayer—he says to keep on asking and you shall receive (Luke 11:9).

Another essential type of prayer is to quiet yourself and focus your thoughts on the greatness and power of God. He is God. He is all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving. He is here with you right now, waiting for you to become aware of his presence. He knows all your needs and there’s nothing you need more than him.

Be still and meditate on these truths about him. Let your body relax into that awareness. Rest in his presence. Slow down your breathing. Exalt him. He is God.

If you have trouble just sitting in his presence, try repeating a verse of Scripture in your mind. Start with Psalm 46:10.

Food for Thought: In the stillness, you will find rest and God will rejuvenate your heart and soul.