Specific, targeted prayer is needed in order to heal the mind, emotions and spirit, but often one of the things that is neglected is prayer to heal areas of the cerebral cortex in the brain. The cerebral cortex has many functions, including the higher mental functions that include areas of discernment, a variety of emotional responses, impulse control, reason, thought, memory and behavioral reactions. It has many separate functional areas with many different cell designs. The cerebral hemispheres are composed of neurons and axons. On any typical day, your brain secretes brain chemicals that act as trillions of little messengers. Seratonin, noradrenalin and dopamine are "happy messengers" that help regulate things attributed to your rest, peace and emotional balance. The brain chemical levels can fluctuate and swing out of balance depending on whether a person focuses on positive or negative thoughts. A person's thought life can actually influence the levels of hormones. Every right thought will result in faith; toxic thoughts lead to unbelief, discouragement and depression.
Thoughts Produce A Corresponding Action: Physically, Spiritually, Emotionally and Behaviorally
Seratonin functions as a regulator for your body's physiology so that your body can sleep and attain rest. Without seratonin doing it's job properly, you will not be able to sleep well no matter what you do. It is responsible for keeping your body clock and your bodily functions coordinated. It also regulates your stress fighting hormone called cortisol. Any disruption in your cortisol also affects the body's ability to regulate proper sleep cycles. It literally shifts the body to be in a state of stress. One of the first signs of being under stress is the lost ability to sleep well. Noradrenalin is responsible for setting the body's energy levels. Without it, a person feels tired, exhausted and can become increasingly more and more lethargic. (Another symptom of depression). Norepinephrine influences sleep; Epinephrine is a stress hormone and a neurotransmitter, and Dopamine functions as a pleasure center. It is the area of your brain that allows you to experience enjoyment, pleasure and a sense of satisfaction in life, but it also can act to reinforce addictive behaviors and can influence psychotic behaviors. There are other numerous brain chemicals also that can attribute to dysfunction, depression, addiction and other physical and emotional problems.
When the body goes into an overstressed mode, the person often experiences things such as overwhelming heaviness and discouragement, tiredness, lack of desire for life, activity or social contact; they feel overwhelmed and depressed. They may also feel nervous, experience shortness of breath, feel like they are having a heart attack or feel like they are having an anxiety attack. Overstressed individuals are often labeled as having a form of mental illness and may be prescribed medicine, but we as Christians can also pray specifically for God to heal the brain and any chemical imbalances that might be causing these emotional responses. Medications will always require refills if the source of the problem is not healed. Let's trust God to do that, no matter how impossible it may seem. Nothing is too difficult for Him!
How It Connects to Impulse Control
A lack of being able to effectively manage stress is also a common trigger for addicts to relapse. Our body consists of the physical, emotional and spiritual which makes up our entire being. Human beings are hardwired to be spiritually connected to our higher source, which is our Creator. Father God made us in His image (see Genesis 1:26-28) and when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God's Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, reconnecting us with our Heavenly Father. When the body is overstressed, it is very difficult indeed for a person to be able to connect meaningfully with God. Overstress causes the body to go into a state of agitation; when the overproduction of cortisol is present, the body actually gets ready for war. It's ready to go into a higher state of emotional response such as fight or flight, hunger, trauma, expectation of fear or pain and other things. This is why emotional triggers seem to set a person off very quickly. Remember, the cerebral cortex is where emotional responses are activated. The cerebral cortex is also the place in the brain that has the "stop" function. It is the part of the brain that tells a person when to stop certain negative behavior. A normal healthy person would have common sense kick and and set off a "stop button" - for instance, telling them, don't go kill that person or don't commit an act of rage, etc. In a normal healthy person that button works to tell people to stop over consumption of certain things but in an addict, that 'stop button' is broken. Excessive use causes a tolerance to build up in the pleasure sensors, so the person needs more and more of that particular thing in order to feel pleasure. Its like trying to obtain the unattainable, which is why an addict will continue to use over and over again even at risk of consuming lethal doses of whatever they are addicted to. It's not a self will issue, it's a physiological issue. The neurotransmitters actually get rewired at the cellular level in an unhealthy way. All this occurs on a subconscious level where we are not aware of what is happening. these are triggers to causing a person to feel overwhelmed, resentful, frustrated, angry or emotional - and often a trigger for addictive relapse. All of these factors working together can cause a host of other emotional, some physical and physiological problems.
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to crafting a prayer to target specific areas of healing the brain. There can be accidents, trauma, head injury and more issues when it comes to needing healing for the brain. I can't tackle all of them today, but we can address some of the more common problems people deal with. Regardless of the cause, there are legitimate issues that can be healed with the power of prayer. How often people try to manage what is simply the fruit of the problem (the symptoms and behaviors) without dealing with the root of the problem, and the root of depression, addictions and many other things that can be attributed to an imbalance of brain chemicals is fear. Fear always magnifies itself. It is the root of anxiety, frustration, impatience, anger, depression and every wrong thought process. Fear is what causes cortisol to be over produced. Fear will send the adrenal glands into stress mode and cause a domino effect of a whole host of other physical problems. Fear is also the culprit when it comes to toxic thinking. Continued negative thought processes leads to depression and other mental illness, and can even change brain chemicals. Defective genetics and DNA that carries a curse in the cellular makeup can be targeted with our prayers.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. Any defect came as a result of inherited sin carried a curse and was reproduced as a genetic defect in the DNA. This deals with the physical aspects, but we still need to address the spiritual part of the remedy, and that is the revelation of our Heavenly Father's love and acceptance. The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love casts out all fear. God's love and acceptance is so powerful that it will displace the wrong thoughts, fears, and insecurities that trigger the negative thinking that makes room for physical and emotional illness. Love displaces depression, anger, anxiety, insecurities, and many, many other problems. There is no reason why God should not heal because Jesus Christ paid the price for our total and complete victory, healing and restoration!
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRAYER TO HEAL THE BRAIN, RESTORE MENTAL HEALTH AND HELP IN HEALING ADDICTIONS:
I thank You for Your Holy Spirit that gives us wisdom to know what to ask for in prayer. I pray for myself and ask You to send the answer to prayer. (You can also pray this over others).
I renounce fear, depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviors. I renounce and repent for any ways I have come into agreement with the enemy. I thank You Jesus for your forgiveness and restoration. I believe You are the Son of God and You can heal me. You took my sin and disease upon yourself so that I could live victoriously. Please help me live freely. Let faith rise up in me and Your Holy Spirit fill me with wholeness, power and the fullness of God.
I ask that You would heal the cerebral cortex in my brain. I ask that You would fill any areas of deficiency with the fullness of Your Holy Spirit. Let the brain chemicals of seratonin, noradrenalin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine and all chemicals produced by the brain be correctly balanced. Let every deficiency be filled and every over secretion be reduced to just the right levels for each individual. Let there be no over production of cortisol. Let every amino acid neurotransmitter function with perfect wholeness and soundness as it is in Jesus Christ. Let every gene that carried defective or mutated DNA that would perpetuate weakness, compromised health, mental instability or that which carries the result of a curse be healed at the cellular level. Infuse every cell, every gene, every strand of DNA with the DNA and healing of Jesus Christ. Let every curse be broken and sent back to the source, for You O God did not give me any DNA that would carry a curse. It came from the evil one, and as I submit to Your authority, I resist the devil and command him to take back everything that he has brought upon me. I pray that any damage to the brain itself, the neurotransmitters, and the centers for impulse control in the cerebral cortex be healed now in Jesus name. Let there be light in every darkened area of the brain, though patterns and emotional responses. I declare the amino acid and peptide neurotransmitters be rewired to function in perfect health and send the proper amounts of chemicals to regulate impulse control, stress management, peace, pleasure and pain management in perfect balance. Let the acytlcholine functions be healed and restored to perfect health. Let the chemical agents and the communication messengers between brain cells function in perfect harmony, balance and soundness in every cell. Let all things in the molecular structure that affect mood, anxiety, appetite, sleep, temperature, heart rate, self control, discernment, impulse control, aggression, fear, stress management and other physical and psychological appetites, desires and occurrences be healed and restored to the perfect wholeness that exists in Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, let Your fullness fill my lack, for it is written, "the Lord is my Shepherd and I shall have no lack," according to Ps. 23:1. Let all areas that have been damaged, those areas that are genetically unsound, weak, impaired or afflicted be healed, for it is written, "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed," in Is. 53:4, 5. Lord Jesus, You told us, Your disciples, to lay hands on the sick and they would recover, (Mark 16:18). You said in John 14:7 and again in John 14:16 that if we abide in You, we could ask whatever we desire in Your name and Your Father would do it, because it would bring glory to Your name. So I ask that I would be healed in the cellular, molecular level of my genes, in my DNA, and that anything that resides there that is not of Your placement, nor Your will be supernaturally removed, replaced with Your fullness and restored to perfect health right now, in Jesus name. Holy Spirit, please give me a revelation of my heavenly Father's love and acceptance so that perfect love will cast out all fear. Reveal my Father's heart towards me. Show me my truest identity as it is in Christ. Lead me to the salvation that is through Jesus Christ. I thank You and give You glory for the healing that is taking place now in Jesus name. Amen.