Prayer

"Healing is a movement toward wholeness - waking up to where you are, being connected to others, and loving. Spiritual growth in the time of physical collapse is tremendous. I got that wake up call."
Joe Semmes
(Readers Digest, May 2001 "Why Doctors Now Believe Faith Heals" by Lydia Strohl)

Does prayer work? It depends on where your faith lies? Or does it? According to Larry Dossey, author of "Healing Words", intercession (praying for someone) can change a variety of physical conditions.

In 1988, a ten month study published by Dr. Randolph Byrd proved the power of prayer. 393 patients who had been admitted into San Francisco General Hospital's coronary-care unit were randomly assigned into two groups. The first names and medical conditions of patients from one group were given to prayer groups who were instructed to pray for the patients until he or she was discharged from the hospital. None of the patients were aware of the study. The prayed-for patients benefitted significantly in the following areas:

  • They were five times less likely to require antibiotics.
  • They were 2½ times less likely to suffer congestive heart failure.
  • They were less likely to suffer cardiac arrest.
(Readers' Digest, March 1996, pages 116-119)
(Maclean's Alternative Medicine, September 25, 1995, Volume 108


Larry Dossey reviewed more than 130 studies on prayer, most of them conducted since the late 1950s. "Experiments with people showed that prayer positively affected high blood pressure, asthma, heart attacks, headaches and anxiety." says Dossey.

"The same everlasting father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and everyday. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings."
St. Francis de Sales
God Bless You!
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