How Prayer Affects the Brain

Prayer ‘..keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:7). We will briefly explore what this means for the brain.

It has been found that 12 minutes of daily focused prayer over an 8 week period can change the brain to such an extent that it can be measured on a brain scan [1]. This type of prayer seems to increase activity in brain areas associated with social interaction compassion and sensitivity to others. It also increases frontal lobe activity as focus and intentionality increase. As well as changing the brain, another study  implies that intentional prayer can even change physical matter. Researchers found that intentional thought for 30 seconds affected laser light  [2].

Therefore, even though toxic thought can cause brain damage, prayer can reverse that damage and cause the brain and body to thrive.

There is growing interest in the power of prayer to change our brain and even matter itself. Even though as Christians we are cognizant of this by reading the Bible and from experience, it is nice to know science is now bearing this out.

Dr. Caroline Leaf






This article is reposted with permission from the blog of Dr. Caroline Leaf.



1.  How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist– March 23, 2010 by Andrew Newberg M.D,    Mark Robert Waldman. P26,27.

2. Explore (NY). 2008 Jan-Feb;4(1):25-35. Testing nonlocal observation as a source of intuitive knowledge. Radin D.