28 October 2010

Cricket & Life: One Run, Prayer

Scoring one run requires communication between the batsmen, just as it takes prayer for us to communicate with deity.

I am a firm believer that there are four ‘parts’ to a person, the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  We often remember to the first three in our society, but spiritual care and balance is often overlooked. This is why I have prayer as one run, the typically most common fashion of scoring in cricket. Prayer should also be a common fashion in our lives.

Pray daily.  It doesn’t matter what your faith is, or whom you call God, you need to pray.  Prayer helps bring balance to our lives.  It helps take care of and maintain our spiritual selves.

Randolph C. Byrd (1988) did a study that looked into prayer (I think it was a cruel study, one of those that would probably cross ethical lines nowadays, however, it as an effective study and I love the outcome).  It was a double-blind experiment in which some heart patients were prayed for and others were not.  The study found that those who were not being prayed for were five times more likely to need antibiotics, three times more likely to develop pulmonary edema, and were 12 times more likely to need a mechanical ventilator. Interesting!

So get on your knees and start praying.  Keep doing it if you already are.  You will start to notice a change in your life as you do.