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Originally posted by JesusisTruth
My brother grew up selling dope... So I would constantly prayer for him to change and do the right thing, asking God to grant his hard headed butt graces to stop..
after a while he has come around and now has a successful career... And he keeps thinking to himself how bad he used to be, asking I can't believe that was me back then, ruthless and so forth..
The change was from grace.... because he told me that his conscience kept being effected more and more that he should get out of the game that is dealing and this happened around the time I was praying...
He also knows he feals feelings he has never felt before of love and has a much stronger conscience..
n the most widely publicized studies of the effect of intercessory prayer, cardiologist Randolph Byrd studied 393 patients admitted to the coronary-care unit at San Francisco General Hospital. Some were prayed for by home-prayer groups, others were not. All the men and women got medical care. In this randomized, double-blind study, neither the doctors and nurses nor the patients knew who would be the object of prayer.
The results were dramatic and surprised many scientists.The men and women whose medical care was supplemented with prayer needed fewer drugs and spent less time on ventilators. They also fared better overall than their counterparts who received medical care but nothing more. The prayed-for patients were:
* Significantly less likely to require antibiotics (3 patients versus 16)
* Significantly less likely to develop pulmonary edema-a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid because the heart cannot pump properly (6 versus 18).
* Significantly less likely to require insertion of a tube into the throat to assist breathing (0 versus 12).
* Less likely to die (but this difference was not statistically significant).
Even more outrageous experiments in distance healing involve nonhuman subjects. In a survey of 131 controlled experiments on spiritual healing, it was found that prayed-for rye grass grew taller; prayed-for yeast resisted the toxic effects of cyanide; prayed-for test-tube bacteria grew faster. "I adore these experiments," says Larry Dossey, M.D., perhaps the world's most vocal expert on prayer and medicine. "Because they don't involve humans, you can run them with fanatical precision and you can run them hundreds of times. It's the best evidence of all that prayer can change the world. And it operates as strongly on the other side of the Earth as it does at the bedside."
If you find comfort in prayer when you are facing challenges, then prayer will help you. If you find taking the dog for a walk, having a cup of tea with a friend or doing a spot of gardening is comforting to you, well, that is no less effective than prayer.
I don't understand. That article seems to say to me that praying for people doesn't work.
Originally posted by pause4thought
After reading a post on another thread claiming that research totally disproves the power of prayer it occurred to me that many people have probably been influenced by such derogatory assertions.
Here is a sober, reflective discussion of the outcomes of such research, which some may find very helpful:
I hope this may restore some balance to this issue, which is a central tenet of many people's faith.
"Jesus was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart..." (Luke 18:1)
[edit on 7/4/08 by pause4thought]
Hello, its called random chance. in other situations where prayer seems to be answered,
its realy something that can be explained in a rational way. Its not nessecarily because
a god has granted your wish by a poof of magic.
Does this quote come from years of experience or is this Just a personal belief?
If you don't believe in God and don't pray, then how can you comment on if prayer works or not?
Originally posted by pause4thought
And it was random chance that Jesus said in front of a whole crowd of people: "Lazarus arise", followed immediately by a man walking out of the tomb still bound and wrapped head to foot in cloths after he had been dead for so many days there would have been a stench... (John 11:1-44)