posted on Oct, 15 2003 @ 03:29 PM
If someone is experiencing medical problems, it may be quite helpful to pray for them. I'm sure some people have heard about this line of controlled
medical research, however I am bringing this up to educate those that haven't seen it:
393 patients in the San Francisco General Hospitals Coronary Care Unit participated in a double blind study to assess the therapeutic effects of
intercessory prayer. Patients were randomly selected by computer to either receive or not receive intercessory prayer. All participants in the study,
including patients, doctors, and the conductor of the study himself remained blind throughout the study, To guard against biasing the study, the
patients were not contacted again after it was decided which group would be prayed for, and which group would not.
It was assumed that although the patients in the control group would not be prayed for by the participants in the study, that others-family members,
friends etc., would likely pray for the health of at least some of the members of the control group. There was no control over this factor. Meanwhile
all of the members of the group that received prayer would be prayed for by not only those associated with the study, but by others as well.
The results of the study are not surprising to those of us who believe in the power of prayer. The patients who had received prayer as a part of the
study were healthier than those who had not. The prayed for group had less need of having CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performed and less need
for the use of mechanical ventilators. They had a diminished necessity for diuretics and antibiotics, less occurrences of pulmonary edema, and fewer
deaths. Taking all factors into consideration, these results can only be attributed to the power of prayer.