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Power of Prayer in Health

March 31, 2006 -- Posted at 4:14 p.m. CST

 

JONESBORO, AR -- How can prayer affect our ability to heal from serious illnesses?

 

A study in the American Heart Journal shows that prayer doesn't help in the health of strangers.

 

The study asked Christian volunteers to pray for about 1,800 specific patients at six medical centers.

 

It found that heart patients who knew they were being prayed for, actually had a slightly higher rate of complications.

 

Therefore, we consulted local professionals from the medical and spiritual fields.

 

“The whole idea that we can come up with some scientific measurements for God and prayer,” said Joe James, a minister at Southwest Church of Christ, “Does prayer work? How often does prayer work? I don’t think we can define those limitations.”

 

“To scientifically come to a conclusion through research about God and intervention through prayer seems very, very difficult,” said Dr. Brian Harvey.

 

“I do believe that God always responds and acts appropriately, according to his will,” said James.

 

“Science certainly doesn’t have all the answers for what might ail or trouble people.  People can use prayer as another resource during difficult times,” said Dr. Harvey.

 

We are told that prayer can be a powerful resource in our lives; a way to let God know how we are feeling about a certain situation

     

“It may be that part of the role of prayer is a supportive role.  It is most effective, not so much from strangers, but from family members and people who know you best,” said Dr. Harvey.

 

This study does not imply that all prayer is ineffective.

 

Research has repeatedly shown there are indeed health benefits to the act of prayer and meditation when they are practiced by the patients themselves.

 

 

 

 

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