posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 01:02 AM
The skeptics and naysayers claim that prayer does nothing to help. They say it only soothes the consciences of those who pray. They do not believe
in the power of prayer, and have not seen it's power to help in action in their lives. These beliefs are fine with me. They are opinions, they are
views, they are claims, but they are not facts. Not by a long shot. I have researched the subject, not a lot, but still, I have seen scientific
experiments, done using the scientific method to minimize the variables, which showed statistically significant positive differences in outcomes
between those who were prayed for and those who were not. The subjects didn't know they were being prayed for, yet they showed measurable
improvements in the study, over the control group, who were not prayed for.
So, to deny prayer works, and state that as a fact, is one point of view, and to me a valid one. But, my view, gained from my life experiences, which
is that prayer helps, is just as valid. Is it fact that prayer helps? No. Is it fact it does not? No. I cannot say either way.
To emphatically state that it does not help, in my view, is to state as fact something which scientific studies have shown results suggesting the