We all have habits. Hopefully most of us brush our teeth every night, many of us go on a run or hit the gym every morning, and some of us acquire bad habits like chewing our nails or the end of a pen. “Habit formation is the process by which new behaviors become automatic. … Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form. That’s because the behavioral patterns we repeat most often are literally etched into our neural pathways” (“Habit Formation,” Psychology Today). In the Bible, Daniel was a man, well-versed in the Jewish custom of praying three times a day, and this habit altered what his automatic response was to changing circumstances in his life. When you have taught your brain, body, and soul to respond to all circumstances with prayer, it becomes automatic.
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