The Power of Prayer & Faith

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      A Prayer for You

We pray

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power..." (Ephesians 1:17-19).

Ephesians 3:16-19 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye (you), being rooted and grounded in love,

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye (you) might be filled with all the fullness of God.  

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.



 [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). - Luke 18:1

"Prayer is not an old woman´s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action" - Gandhi

Prayer should be a lifestyle as a means to commune with God that can and should be used daily to strengthen, enlighten, and to build a relationship and a connection with God; and through this relationship to do what some would think as the impossible.

Throughout time, the power of prayer has been questioned by science. Although, most of us who possess the practice and the belief that prayer can and does work do not require scientific, quantitative proof of the power of prayer. The analytical mind of some scientists even calls for proof of the existence of a higher being, disregarding that God is the science, and the evidence of God’s hand in the creation of mankind and the universe as a whole.

Religion does not give you power, but having a personal and intimate relationship with the Godhead (God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit) does! It’s the power that comes when we honor, obey, believe, have faith in, walk in, and live in God’s precepts.

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I think it is important to start out with the understanding that I believe that God is the most potent healing force in the universe and that He has provided us with a powerful inexpensive healing tool that we have available to us at all times. That is a personal two-way communication with Him called prayer. I am absolutely convinced, without question, that prayer is the most powerful therapeutic move one can do.

I generally advise people to journal their prayers. You can do this by writing non-stop for thirty minutes. You can also type your prayers. It is not important to save the journal. In fact destroying immediately after writing may decrease the fear of not saying what one really wants to for fear of it being found. The healing comes in the writing not the reviewing of it at a later date. However, it is my experience that either most people do not use this approach, fail to use it effectively, or their prayers do not result in the healing they seek.


The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18 declares, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

God listens to prayers, and answers prayers. Jesus taught, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt.17:20).

We are dedicated to providing new tools to our members to use as a catalyst to dedicated and disciplined prayer for our President, our nation, our leaders and our troops. Our tools are designed to be able to share with others so that our prayers on behalf of our nation multiply across the country.

As the Lord has promised, prayer will transform our nation by transforming individual lives, one heart at a time.


Alarming Statistics

Spiritual Education - Today, 101 medical schools incorporate patient spirituality in their curriculum, up from 17 in 1995. This fact suggests that these principles are being incorporated into medical education, albeit at an elective level. Some hospitals such as UCLA Medical Center encourage physicians to include spiritual histories in patients' charts. This acknowledges that in fact these kinds of principles are being incorporated into mainstream medicine. Harold G Koenig, MD, who works at Duke University, recommends that physicians ask every patient if they consider themselves spiritual or religious.

Doctors should encourage prayer and religious participation if that is a source of comfort. 5 Religion has the power to heal, and we have an obligation to value that power alongside medicine. - Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is the Vice President of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the California Pacific Medical Center. © WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

Can Prayer Heal? Research focusing on the power of prayer in healing has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, says David Larson, MD, MSPH, president of the National Institute for Healthcare Research, a private nonprofit agency.

Even the NIH -- which "refused to even review a study with the word prayer in it four years ago" -- is now funding one prayer study through its Frontier Medicine Initiative. Although it's not his study, Krucoff says it's nevertheless evidence that "things are changing."

Krucoff has been studying prayer and spirituality since 1996 -- and practicing it much longer in his patient care. Earlier studies of the subject were small and often flawed, he says. Some were in the form of anecdotal reports: "descriptions of miracles ... in patients with cancer, pain syndromes, heart disease," he says.

"[Today,] we're seeing systematic investigations -- clinical research -- as well as position statements from professional societies supporting this research, federal subsidies from the NIH, funding from Congress," he tells WebMD. "All of these studies, all the reports, are remarkably consistent in suggesting the potential measurable health benefit associated with prayer or spiritual interventions."

The Impact of Religion on Health

But prayer is more than just repetition and physiological responses, says Harold Koenig, MD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at Duke and a colleague of Krucoff's.

Traditional religious beliefs have a variety of effects on personal health, says Koenig, senior author of the Handbook of Religion and Health, a new release that documents nearly 1,200 studies done on the effects of prayer on health.

These studies show that religious people tend to live healthier lives. "They're less likely to smoke, to drink, to drink and drive," he says. In fact, people who pray tend to get sick less often, as separate studies conducted at Duke, Dartmouth, and Yale universities show. Some statistics from these studies:

  • Hospitalized people who never attended church have an average stay of three times longer than people who attended regularly.

  • Heart patients were 14 times more likely to die following surgery if they did not participate in a religion.

  • Elderly people who never or rarely attended church had a stroke rate double that of people who attended regularly.

  • In Israel, religious people had a 40% lower death rate from cardiovascular disease and cancer.



  Meditation, Prayer & Spiritual Healing: The Evidence

How can science begin to offer insights into these wisdom and spiritual practices? And how are these wisdom practices influencing science and medicine in ways that may lead to a more integral approach to health and healing?

Primary Areas of Evidence: There are five primary areas of data or evidence: the cross cultural data, survey studies, public health research, basic science related to mind-body medicine, and clinical studies of distant healing.

…through the Internet, awareness of the world's wisdom and spiritual traditions has expanded: we now have access to practices that were once isolated in the Himalayas or deep in the Amazon and available only to a very small group of adepts. Today we are experiencing a convergence of these different ways of knowing, science on one hand and diverse religious, spiritual and cultural traditions on the other. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of medicine.

…From the survey studies, it is clear that people are hungry for a deeper sense of meaning and for a connection to their spirituality. Seventy-three percent of adults believe praying for someone else can help cure their illness; this is based on a CNN poll. Fifty percent of patients wanted physicians to pray with them. This says something about what people are calling for; how people will feel happier, more contented; how they feel satisfied in terms of the therapeutic encounter. A recent survey1 published by the National Institutes of Health looked at the ten most common complementary and alternative practices or modalities that are used by Americans today, and they found that of the top ten, three involved prayer: prayer for self, 43%; prayer for others, 24%; and prayer groups, a very common modality for people to engage in…

Public Health Studies - In terms of public health research, through the use of epidemiological methods and tools, we are beginning to understand the correlations between spiritual and religious practice and physical outcomes. Jeff Levin, a social epidemiologist, notes that more than 1600 studies have been conducted examining the correlation between religious and spiritual participation and health.2 The evidence is overwhelming. Findings persist regardless of religious affiliation, diseases or health conditions, age, sex, race or ethnicity, or nationality of those studied. This finding is positively correlated with education. People who have a strong educational background believe that these kinds of practices and principles are important for health and well-being.

It's clear from the correlational studies within the epidemiology data that positive relationships exist between religious and spiritual practice and health outcomes on a variety of different conditions.

Distant Healing Research - In the recent National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) survey study I mentioned, a significantly high percentage of the population makes use of prayer for other people. Many people believe that if I pray for you, you will become better, or if you pray for me I'll become better, and yet we know very little of the mechanism to explain how this might happen. So this is a frontier area for research. To date, more than 180 studies have been done in this area, with more than half of them producing significant results…

As of March 2004, there have been nine controlled clinical trials looking at intercessory prayer (compassionate intention at a distance). Six of these have produced statistically significant positive results. For a complete list of these studies, one can visit the distant healing research site at the Institute of Noetic Sciences Web site (

Practical Application…In the introduction to Consciousness and Healing, Ken Wilber notes that the most important aspect of this integral approach to medicine is the transformation that happens in the healer.2 Rather than thinking about this as something outside of ourselves, how do we really bring these principles into our own lives. Key to an integral approach is not the content of the medical bag, but the holder of the bag: one who has opened herself or himself to the multidimensional nature of healing, including body, mind, soul, spirit, culture, and nature.

Many people believe that if I pray for you, you will become better, or if you pray for me I'll become better, and yet we know very little of the mechanism to explain how this might happen.

Spiritual Education - Today, 101 medical schools incorporate patient spirituality in their curriculum, up from 17 in 1995. This fact suggests that these principles are being incorporated into medical education, albeit at an elective level. Some hospitals such as UCLA Medical Center encourage physicians to include spiritual histories in patients' charts. This acknowledges that in fact these kinds of principles are being incorporated into mainstream medicine. Harold G Koenig, MD, who works at Duke University, recommends that physicians ask every patient if they consider themselves spiritual or religious. Doctors should encourage prayer and religious participation if that is a source of comfort.5 Religion has the power to heal, and we have an obligation to value that power alongside medicine.

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Prayer as Medicine: how much have we learned? - The Medical Journal of Australia

The spiritual search for meaning and hope in life is integral to human existence. This is particularly evident during times of personal stress and crisis. Recent census findings indicate that 74% of Australians and 96% of Americans believe in a higher power, and similar percentages claim some form of religious affiliation.1,2

Evidence also suggests that certain spiritual beliefs and the practice of prayer are associated with improved coping and better health outcomes.3-6 Although North Americans have been the predominant participants in most of the research available, the findings are relevant to the Australian experience, as they reflect a basic human desire for supernatural involvement in matters of health and wellbeing.

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Prayer in Cancer Research

Research is extremely important in fighting cancer.  As a physician, I understand the significance of the miraculous healings claimed in the Bible.  Jesus is described as touching a leper and his leprosy is healed. 

He commands the crippled from birth to stand up and walk, and he stands up and walks. He commands a friend who has been dead for four days to walk out of his grave, and he does.  On the surface this seems more than a little interesting but yet, as a physician and scientist looking into the depths of what actually is happening at the molecular level, it is quite astounding.

For a blind man to see, the optic nerve must be restored.  The optic nerve is very complex and the transmission of disease or defective neural tissue to normal - instantaneously - without anesthesia seems beyond comprehension. Likewise a body that's been dead for 4 or 5 days is well beyond any kind of functional capacity.  All of the cells are destroyed, organic compounds denature, and bacteria grow over the putrefying body.  To return back to a normal, healthy state requires the conversion of abnormal tissue to normal tissue instantaneously.  As a scientist the amount of energy required to do this transformation is unimaginable and the intricacy and complexity of the mind that controls that energy is beyond comprehension.

It doesn’t have to be the Bible or science; it is the Bible and science.  God is a God of science, and quality research verifies the work of God on the earth, and specifically, in the fight against cancer. Find prayer support, cancer fighting seminar video, cancer research topics and more...


In cancer research, we found a positive impact of intercessory prayer on the spiritual wellbeing of newly diagnosed patients in Australia.10  Nine hundred and ninety-nine patients were randomised to receive either remote Christian intercessory prayer or no prayer, with the intervention being unknown to the patients, thus eliminating expectation bias. This trial was unique as it was in oncology, was interested in the impact of prayer on ‘spirituality’ and did not pre-define how intercession should be achieved, rather using a well established prayer chain. As hypothesised, results showed that the prayer (intervention) group evidenced a small, statistically significant improvement over time in spiritual wellbeing compared to the control group (p = .03, partial η2 = .01).

Of the other quality of life measures, only emotional wellbeing was significantly improved for the prayer group (p = .04, partial η2 = .01) more so than controls. Although effects were small and therefore only clinically meaningful for few of the intervention patients (10.2% showed positive reliable change in spiritual wellbeing), this study did show that the impact of intercession was indeed measurable. It did not seek to explain the mechanism of action. However, there is no clear data available on how well utilised intercessory prayer is for ill health. This is likely to be because it is a particularly difficult CAM to gauge, given it is practised by groups and individuals alike for ‘unknown others’ for varying periods of time. On the other hand, there is research on the use of other prayer as a CAM...  

Conclusion - Research into the prevalence of CAM use is clearly suffering from the lack of a universal definition. Some researchers have moved toward examining patterns of CAM use in an attempt to solve this issue, suggesting prayer should be classified as a separate domain. However, including prayer use in CAM research still raises many difficulties due to the enormous scope of the definition of ‘prayer’ itself, including measurement challenges of certain types (such as remote intercession). Despite the inherent problems ahead for CAM researchers, the use of prayer for health seems to have stood the test of time, even as other CAM use has increased. If we are to truly adopt the bio/psychosocial/spiritual model of health, then it appears that physicians should accept society’s move toward the integrative and start asking their patients about CAM use. In an antithetical way, this may actually improve adoption and compliance with conventional treatment. 

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Scientific Research - The majority of research pertaining to spirituality is focused on quality of life and not necessarily survival time or recovery rate. One study has recently found that cancer patients who reported a higher level of spiritual well-being also reported a higher quality of life. (8) (9) (10) 

Prayer, on the other hand has been relatively widely studied in the context of general illness and surgery but not specifically cancer. Most of these studies involve intercessory prayer, which employs other people to pray for patients. The evidence for prayer as a way to improve patient health is quite contradictory.

Some studies show prayer can improve health conditions (11) (12) (13) and increase survival (14)rates. Alternatively, recent studies have shown no correlation between prayer and health improvement exists. (6) (15) (16) The problem with much of the research is how the study defines benefit to the patient. They do not all coincide and so research is not only nonuniform in procedure but contradictory in their findings. More research is necessary to determine if prayer is truly beneficial to patients.

There are currently three studies being conducted by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Albert Einstein college of Medicine, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance that regard spirituality and its influence on cancer. No trials investigating the power of prayer against cancer are currently underway. (17) For information about ongoing clinical trials involving prayer and spirituality, please visit our section on Finding Clinical Trials.

Quality of life is becoming more important for cancer patients as treatment advances extend the length of survival. Researchers studying a random sample of 296 breast cancer survivors in Southern California found that spiritual care was more important to the patients' quality of life than counseling sessions, support groups, peer support, and even spouse support.

Spiritual well-being among these patients often involves feelings of hopefulness, sense of purpose, participation in prayer or meditation, and church attendance. A second study of 1,337 cancer patients in the United States and Puerto Rico found that spiritual well-being influenced their quality of life as much as did their emotional and physical well-being. Spiritual well-being was associated with the ability to enjoy life even when experiencing negative symptoms, and the relationship remained strong even after controlling for many other factors associated with quality of life.

Other studies have found that the most common coping strategy for cancer patients is praying alone or with others, as well as having others pray for them. Cancer patients also place a high value on interactions with clergy, noting that pastoral visits and prayers help them maintain hope and optimism.

The frequent use of religion and spirituality when coping with illness and caregiver stress is no surprise given how important a religious community is to the majority of Americans. There are nearly 500,000 places of worship with a presence in almost every U.S. community. According to a recent Gallup poll, approximately 70 percent of Americans claim membership in a church or synagogue, and about 40 percent attend one of these places of worship at least weekly. The Gallup Research Center reports that the 353,000 Christian and Jewish clergy serving congregations in the United States (4,000 rabbis, 49,000 Catholic priests, and 300,000 Protestant ministers according to the U.S. Department of Labor) are among the most trusted professionals in society. Surveys by the National Institute of Mental Health found that clergy are more likely than psychologists and psychiatrists combined to have a person with a mental health diagnosis see them for assistance. More than 10,000 of these clergy serve as chaplains in hospitals and other health-care institutions working closely with medical professionals.

Family caregivers of those with chronic illness often rely heavily upon their religious faith to cope with the burden of providing care. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University surveyed caregivers of persons with end-stage cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. They discovered that successful coping was associated with only two variables: number of social contacts and support received from religious faith. When these persons were followed over two years to determine what characteristics predicted faster adjustment to the caregiver role, again only number of social contacts and support received from personal religious faith predicted better adaptation over time.

Thus, having support from one's faith appears to be one of the most important factors responsible for successful coping with the stress of caregiving. Religious teaching can foster an ethos of care and responsibility that is an important recourse for those facing the stress of long-term caregiving. Furthermore, those who have an active faith tend to have a better relationship with the care recipients than do non-religious caregivers, which can reduce their risk of depression.

Cancer patients tend to focus on religious issues more and more as the illness advances. When 231 patients with end-stage cancer were asked what maintained their quality of life, their "relationship with God" was the most common response among 28 choices that included "how well I eat," "physical contact with those I care about," and "pain relief." According to these findings, terminal cancer patients maintained their relationship with God in spite of severe functional difficulties and serious physical symptoms. In a study of 108 women in Michigan at various stages of cancer, about half felt they had become more religious since they were diagnosed…


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"Prayer is not an old woman´s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action" - Gandhi

The Power of Prayer to heal cancer - However skeptical or nonreligious we may have been in the past, for many people the challenge of cancer is a spur to investigating or re-engaging with the spiritual aspect of our natures. Often the experience of cancer can have a transformational impact - causing us to become more truly ourselves, more connected to our own values and life purpose and more in touch with a sense of the spiritual.

Frequently people who are sick will call upon prayer to help with the challenges they face. But does prayer work, or is it just a panacea for the desperate? Does praying actually have a physiological effect or could it be just the effect of the placebo at work?

Dr. William Kelley, an American working in the field of nutritional and metabolic therapy, urged his patients to trust in God, to read the bible and to pray. He believed a positive attitude could play an enormous part in helping to kick out disease. And at Duke University Medical Centre in Carolina, doctors have noticed that patients with a God live longer than those who neither believe nor pray regularly. Doctors are now conducting research into this discovery.

Link to Dr. Kelley's - Steps to Spiritual & Physical Recovery


Proof That Prayer Works reports,

When it comes to saving lives, God trumps doctors for many Americans. An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle."

More than half of randomly surveyed adults — 57 percent — said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand such treatment.

When asked to imagine their own relatives being gravely ill or injured, nearly 20 percent of doctors and other medical workers said God could reverse a hopeless outcome.

"Sensitivity to this belief will promote development of a trusting relationship" with patients and their families, according to researchers. That trust, they said, is needed to help doctors explain objective, overwhelming scientific evidence showing that continued treatment would be worthless…


Look at What the Experts Are Saying

"Patients with a strong religious commitment recover faster, live longer or cope better in 7 out of 8 studies of cancer, 4 out of 5 studies of high blood pressure, 4 out of 6 studies of heart disease and 5 out of 7 studies of general health," - Dale Matthews, MD, and David Larson, MD, of the National Institute of Healthcare Research

"As a physician, I have seen spiritual strength transcend what would otherwise result in rapid deterioration." - Dr. Joel Granick, CTCA Medical Oncologist, Director of Palliative Care

"People who went to church regularly had significantly lower blood levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), which rises with unrelieved chronic stress. High levels of IL-6 reflect a weakened immune system, which, in turn, increases the risk of infection, autoimmune disease and certain cancers." - The Healing Power of Faith, Harold G. Koenig, M.D.  reports,

"The proof of the power of prayer is overwhelming. What I discovered astonished me. Over the past 30 years a growing, and largely unnoticed, body of scientific work shows religious belief is medically, socially, and psychologically beneficial. Atheists can sneer at faith all they like, but they can't assume science is on their side." -Tom Knox

Newsmax reports that an "exhaustive analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies" supports Dr. Harold G. Koenig's belief that people who are "more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health." 

Said Koenig: "The benefits of devout religious practice, particularly involvement in a faith community and religious commitment, are that people cope better. In general, they cope with stress better, they experience greater well-being because they have more hope, they're more optimistic, they experience less depression, less anxiety, and they commit suicide less often. They have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and probably better cardiovascular functioning."

Researcher Tom Knox, a one-time atheist who became a "regular worshipper" after doing in-depth study of the medical benefits of faith, notes: "The proof of the power of prayer is overwhelming. What I discovered astonished me. Over the past 30 years a growing, and largely unnoticed, body of scientific work shows religious belief is medically, socially, and psychologically beneficial."


The Science of Prayer 


Larry Dossey on the science and spirit of prayer.  Dossey, former co-chair of the National Institutes of Health's Panel on Mind/Body Interventions. Unusual phenomena have been the basis of his research since the 1970s.  Dossey is a firm believer in conducting research to back up his belief in the correlation between prayer and healing.

For years, Dossey claims, medical scientists have mistakenly treated physical illness as though it were caused only by the improper functioning of the body. He is aiming to use scientific evidence to demonstrate that a patient's thoughts, feelings, and attitude have an impact on their physical well-being, and to convince healthcare professionals of the vital role that a patient's mind and spirit play in the healing process.

Since 1982, Dossey has published nine books, including The New York Times best-seller Healing Words (1993), its sequel, Prayer is Good Medicine (1996), and his most recent work, Healing Beyond the Body (2001). According to the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health at the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, DC, before Healing Words (1993) was published, the curriculum of only three American medical schools included courses about the use of prayer in health. Today, around 80 of the nation's 125 medical schools offer such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey's works as textbooks.

In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of "nonlocal mind" -- mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, "nonlocal mind" has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey's ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine.


Prayer and Medical Science

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This Commentary originally appeared in Archives of Internal Medicine by Larry Dossey, MD

"It is fatal to dismiss antagonistic doctrines, supported by any body of evidence, as simply wrong." Alfred North Whitehead, 1948 1

THE RANDOMIZED, controlled trial by Harris et al2 on the effects of remote intercessory prayer on outcomes of patients admitted to a coronary care unit evoked several comments from physicians.

Several respondents implied that the attempt to study the remote effects of prayer is wrong in principle. This is because, according to Dr. Sandweiss,3 science deals with facts, not "miracles." Yet, if events occur in controlled laboratory studies, as suggested by evidence cited below, these happenings presumably follow natural law and are not considered miraculous.

We should be cautious in calling events miraculous or mystical, because the subsequent course of history may reveal that these terms reflect little more than our own ignorance. For example, when Newton invoked the notion of universal gravity in the 17th century to explain his observations, he was charged by his contemporaries with surrendering to mysticism, as prayer researchers are often accused today.

As philosopher Eugene Mills4 describes, "[Newton's critics] disapproved of his failure to explain why bodies behaved in accordance with his laws, or how distant bodies could act on one another . . . This sort of worry no longer bothers us, but not because we have answered it."

Today we are as baffled by the remote effects of prayer as Newton's critics were by the distant effects of gravity. But, just as the dispute over gravity gradually abated, the debate surrounding intercessory prayer may also diminish with time, even though our ignorance about the mechanism involved may remain…

Several respondents implied that the attempt to study the remote effects of prayer is wrong in principle. This is because, according to Dr. Sandweiss,3 science deals with facts, not "miracles." Yet, if events occur in controlled laboratory studies, as suggested by evidence cited below, these happenings presumably follow natural law and are not considered miraculous.

We should be cautious in calling events miraculous or mystical, because the subsequent course of history may reveal that these terms reflect little more than our own ignorance. For example, when Newton invoked the notion of universal gravity in the 17th century to explain his observations, he was charged by his contemporaries with surrendering to mysticism, as prayer researchers are often accused today…

There is indeed no consensus, but whether this is because of a lack of data or ignorance of current evidence is a valid question.43 Certainly further investigation of intercessory prayer is warranted, but we need not wait until all the answers are in before employing prayer adjunctively. This view is represented by Lancet editor Richard Horton44 in his "precautionary principle."

Horton states, "We must act on facts and on the most accurate interpretation of them, using the best information. That does not mean that we must sit back until we have 100 percent evidence about everything. When the . . . health of the individual is at stake . . . we should be prepared to take action to diminish those risks even when the scientific knowledge is not conclusive."…

Dr. Mercola's Comment: There appears to be no question that prayer works. We have many studies now that document that. The science is very solid in excellent peer-reviewed publications. The science is so solid, that it is criminally negligent for physicians not to recommend it…


The Problem with Prayer Research ©  Apologetics Resource Center. All rights reserved.

Some Christians now claim the power of prayer is supported by scientific research with “overwhelming, undeniable results”.(6) Is that really the case? Highly sophisticated medical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of prayer for healing. However, many of the studies have not shown clear evidence of benefit. For example, the most recently published study found that those prayed for in a scientific study did no better than those in a control group.(7) How do we reconcile these results with our belief that God calls us to pray when sick (James 5:13-16) and that he can bring healing? Results of research on the impact of spirituality and religious faith on health and healing have been published in mainstream medical journals.(8) Does that make faith a therapy that works for some and not for others? We are both firm believers in the power of prayer as described in the Bible. We both put our faith in Jesus Christ. But should scientific studies be used to validate those beliefs? Alternative medicine raises many such issues that require careful discernment—and more space than we have here...Read in entirety-

Religious traditions across the world display beliefs in healing through prayer. The healing powers of prayer have been examined in triple-blind, randomized controlled trials. We illustrate randomized controlled trials on prayer and healing, with one study in each of different categories of outcome. We provide a critical analysis of the scientific and philosophical dimensions of such research. Prayer has been reported to improve outcomes in human as well as nonhuman species, to have no effect on outcomes, to worsen outcomes and to have retrospective healing effects. For a multitude of reasons, research on the healing effects of prayer is riddled with assumptions, challenges and contradictions that make the subject a scientific and religious minefield. We believe that the research has led nowhere, and that future research, if any, will forever be constrained by the scientific limitations that we outline…

Prayer may result in benefits that are due to divine intervention

Although the very consideration of such a possibility may appear scientifically bizarre, it cannot be denied that, across the planet, people pray for health and for relief of symptoms in times of sickness. Healing through prayer, healing through religious rituals, healing at places of pilgrimage and healing through related forms of intervention are well-established traditions in many religions…

…Where does this leave us? God may indeed exist and prayer may indeed heal; however, it appears that, for important theological and scientific reasons, randomized controlled studies cannot be applied to the study of the efficacy of prayer in healing. In fact, no form of scientific enquiry presently available can suitably address the subject. Therefore, the continuance of such research may result in the conducted studies finding place among other seemingly impeccable studies with seemingly absurd claims (Renckens et al. [42] 2002). Whereas we have attempted to be scientifically and politically correct in our critique, other authors, such as Dawkins, [43] have been humorous, nay even scathing, in their criticism.

The aim of science is not to open a door to infinite wisdom but to set a limit to infinite error (attr., Galileo[44]). Read in


Fervent and Effectual Prayer


“Pray for one another that ye may be healed. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Elijah was a man of like passions (or nature] with us and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and it rained, not on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed again; and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (James 5:16—18).

James knew that a faith which obtains healing is not the fruit of human nature; therefore he adds that the prayer must be “fervent.” Only such can be efficacious. In this he stands upon the example of Elijah, a man of the same nature (“subject to like passions”) as we are, drawing therefore the inference that our prayer can be and ought to be of the same nature as his. How then did Elijah pray? This will throw some light upon what the prayer of faith should be.

Elijah had received from God the promise that rain was about to fall upon the earth (I Kings 18:1), and he had declared this to Ahab. Strong in the promise of his God, he mounts Carmel to pray (I Kings 18:42; James 5:18). He knows, he believes that God’s will is to send rain, and nevertheless he must pray, or the rain will not come. His prayer is no empty form; it is a real power, the efficacy of which is about to make itself felt in heaven. God wills that it shall rain, but the rain will only come at Elijah’s request, a request repeated with faith and perseverance until the appearance of the first cloud in the sky. In order that the will of God shall be accomplished, this will must on one side be expressed by a promise, and on the other it must be received and laid hold of by the believer who prays. He therefore must persevere in prayer that he may show his God that his faith expects an answer, and will not grow weary until it is obtained.

This is how prayer must be made for the sick. The promise of God, “The Lord will raise him up,” must be rested on, and His will to heal recognized. Jesus Himself teaches us to pray with faith which counts on the answer of God; He says to us: “All things whatsoever ye pray for, and ask for, believe that ye have received them and ye shall have them”~ (Mark 11:24, R.V.). After the prayer of faith which receives beforehand that which God has promised, comes the prayer of perseverance, which does not lose sight of that which has been asked until God has fulfilled His promise (I Kings 18:43). There may be some obstacle which hinders the fulfillment of the promise; whether on the side of God and His righteousness (Deut. 9:18), or on the side of Satan, and his constant opposition to the plans of God, something which may still impede the answer to the prayer (Dan. 10:12, 13). It may be also that our faith needs to be purified (Matt. 15:22—28). Whatever it may be, our faith is called to persevere until the answer comes. He who prays six times fervently and stops there, when he ought to have prayed seven times (II Kings 13:18, 19), deprives himself of the answer to his prayer.

Perseverance in prayer, a perseverance which strengthens the faith of the believer against all which may seem opposed to the answer, is a real miracle; it is one of the impenetrable mysteries of the life of faith. Does it not say to us that the Savior’s redeemed one is in very deed His friend, a member of His body, and that the government of the world and the gifts of divine grace depend in some sense upon his prayers? Prayer, therefore, is no vain form. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, who intercedes here on earth in us and by us, and as such, it is as efficacious, as indispensable as the work of the Son interceding for us before the throne of God. It might seem strange that after having prayed with the certainty of being heard, and having seen therein the will of God, we should still need to continue in prayer. Nevertheless it is so. In Gethsemane, Jesus prayed three times in succession. On Carmel Elijah prayed seven times; and we, if we believe the promise of God without doubting, shall pray until we receive the answer. Both the importunate friend at midnight and the widow who besieged the unjust judge are examples of perseverance in seeking the end in view.

Let us learn from Elijah’s prayer to humble ourselves, to recognize why the power of God cannot be more manifested in the Church, whether in the healing of the sick, or in conversion, or sanctification. “Ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2). Let it also teach us patience. In the cases where healing is delayed, let us remember that obstacles may exist over which only perseverance in prayer can triumph.

Faith which ceases to pray, or which is allowed to relax in its fervor, cannot appropriate that which God has nevertheless given. Let not our faith in the promises of Scripture be shaken by those things which are as yet beyond our reach. God’s promise remains the same: “The prayer of faith shall save the sick.” May the prayer of Elijah strengthen our faith. Let us remember that we have to imitate them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Heb. 6:12). If we learn to persevere in prayer, its fruit will be always more abundant, always more evident, and we shall obtain, as Jesus obtained when He was on earth, healing of the sick, often immediate healing, which shall bring glory to God.


   Learn How to Pray Effectively

Prayer works, prayer is powerful, and prayer changes things. So then, why is prayer effective for some, and others do not see tangible results? Are your prayers being answered? Do you doubt your prayers are heard? Have you lost faith? Do you want to learn how to pray effectively? If you answered yes to any of these ques­tions, this book is for you.

There is not a magic formula in the process and development of prayer, but many facets that comprise and encompass a whole in making prayer powerful and effective. So as we begin our journey on the path of enlightenment and revelation based only on biblical based Scriptures, we will pull the pieces together, dismiss the fallacies, and provide pragmatic, step-by-step guide­lines and keys to unlocking and discovering the power of prayer and how to pray for results.

We have a propensity when we are in trouble, unfortunately, and usually only in that dire time of the need, to call on God in prayer, a source of power greater than ourselves. Whether it is facing an insurmountable challenge, hopelessness, an illness, a loss of a loved one, or at the onset of facing death, we then call on a power higher than that of ourselves. But the Bible calls for us to, “pray without ceasing.”

The atheist does not believe there is anyone or anything listening.

The doubter or skeptic believes that God has no interven­tion or role in the manifestation of answering prayers, because if He did, why is it that so many suffer, and why would He answer some prayers and not all prayers? This would mean that God is discriminatory. Well, He is not, for Romans 2:11 declares, “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

A large number of Christians or faith-based believers believe that it is all God’s doing and do not acknowledge that the person praying plays the most important role in having prayer answered.

Our prayers are the method by which we commune with the Spirit of God. It is the medium through which our spirit is purposed to affect, and be affected, by God. Answered prayer is predicated on both the person praying doing their part, and God intervening and doing His part through grace and the spiritual laws that are in operation.

More than not, many are disillusioned, disappointed, tired, and discouraged because prayers appear to go unanswered. Well, change is coming … and if change doesn’t come, it’s not God’s fault!

We will address wisdom, faith, the Holy Spirit, and our rela­tionship with God and Jesus Christ, which are the cornerstones and the fundamental elements for developing a powerful and effective prayer life. This book takes you step by step into a fuller understanding in what makes prayer work, how it works, why it works, how to make it work for you, why prayer is not answered, and how to develop your God-given divine potential, power, and authority to get results.

The Bible is the source of all wisdom. It teaches one how to think, believe, speak, and act so that you can manifest your dreams, turn despair into hope, fear and worry into faith, defeat into victory, sickness into healing, and prayer into power. By applying this knowledge, you can change every aspect of your life and positively impact the lives of others!

Purchase excerpts of the book, The Spirit of Wisdom in Understanding Prayer and Faith in PDF format:

  • Introduction

Returning to the Bible

Our Heavenly Creator

Our Relationship with Our Heavenly Creator

The Believer's Spiritual Authority

  • Chapter 5 – Understanding the Power of Prayer

  • Chapter 6 – How to Pray Effectively

  • Chapter 7 – Understanding the Power of Faith

  • Chapter 8 – Developing Your Faith

  • Chapter 14 - A Relationship, Not Religion


Christian Healing Courses

The Theosis Course for faith-based organizations, persons in religious and health care leadership, parish nursing, and healing and health ministries worldwide. The Theosis Course combines sound science and clinical practice with the ancient wisdom of Christian spirituality to bring about Christ-centered healing and transformation for the whole person, our mission statement.

The Miracle Living Series - Do you know that the miracles of the Bible are still happening today? Have you ever experienced a miracle from God or do you know someone who has? If your answer is yes then you know that miracles from God are real and that miracles still happen today; truly, a miracle from God settles the issue. There are many people who are in desperate need of a miracle in their life due to their problems, heartaches, and needs. Some individuals have been struggling so long that the thought of receiving a miracle from God has not even occurred to them. Many, if not most, would give anything to receive a miracle from God if they could only know that God is concerned about them and understand what they can do in order to receive miracles from God.

In this course, Lindsay takes students through a daily guide to experiencing God’s miracles and successful living through Seed-Faith. Through a variety of class work, lectures, testimonies, and personal study at home students will gain a clearer understanding that God is a good God, and He still desires to provide miracles in the daily affairs of people. School of Miracles courses that teach Christians to reach out in faith to God for their needs to be met, as well as how to minister the love and power of God to those around us.

Students will discover key points that will be faith building and important to successful daily living; with a special emphasis on the importance of helping friends, loved ones, coworkers, and others experience God’s miracles in their lives as well.

You are healed. That's the message those who attend Healing School hear. And it's the message Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin intended for them to hear when the school began in 1979. Brother Hagin believed that people need the medicine of God's Word. At Healing School, that Word is put into action every day. Healing School is a place, as Brother Hagin desired, where the sick can go and have faith put into them, so to speak, rather than have their faith taken out of them through religious tradition and unbelief. It is a place where the sick are healed and the oppressed are set free—a place where miracles happen every day!

Here you can subscribe to edifying and empowering Bible studies written by Evangelists Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda. Every two weeks, you will recieve a new study right in your inbox.

With decades of combined ministry, both have been able to perfect many messages on evangelism, but also it has given them insight into how God works – particularly in the areas of faith, the Holy Spirit, and evangelism. These are the real working areas of the Gospel – the place where the “rubber meets the road” so to speak. These are the areas that will be most productive in your Christian walk and development.

Through prayer, we can learn more of God’s nature and ability to touch and heal our lives and the world. If God is divine Love and has infinite wisdom, how could He cause sin or sickness? If God is all powerful and ever present, is there anything He can’t address? 

Jesus' life and works showed how God helps us through prayer, and Mary Baker Eddy explains that how this works is similar to the way light dissolves darkness. Studies show that increasing numbers of people are discovering how prayer and health are related. Many Christian Scientists find that prayer consistently results in healing. If you would like to talk about this idea or have someone pray with you for more light, health, and inspiration, Christian Science practitioners and teachers are available to help.  

First and foremost, a Christian Science teacher is a healer who is deeply convinced that anyone who loves God can learn in some measure to heal as Christ Jesus did. A teacher’s training, depth of understanding, and extensive experience as a practitioner of Christian Science healing qualifies him or her to be authorized by the Church to teach others how to utilize the precepts of Christian Science to heal. Every year a teacher offers a course, generally lasting twelve sessions, in which pupils are taught how to deepen their ability to heal. This Primary class of instruction in Christian Science healing marks the beginning of a deeper commitment to a lifetime of spiritual growth, progress, and love of humanity.  Also, once a year teachers invite their students, who make up an Association of pupils, to come together to be spiritually refreshed, receive further teaching, and share current examples of healing.

Teachers appreciate inquiries and are always happy to answer your questions. They are available to provide spiritual treatment through prayer. You should feel free to contact any teacher, not just those in your own area, to find out more about class instruction or to get help. Find a Christian Science teacher

Practitioners and teachers are available full time to talk with and help anyone, anywhere, anytime, through prayer. Feel free to contact a practitioner or teacher by phone, email, Skype, text, written letter, etc., or to drop by for a visit to their office. If you're interested, you should feel free to contact any teacher, and not just those in your own area, to find out more about taking a class with them, which is called "Primary class instruction."

You can find official listings and contact information for the people in The Christian Science Journal directory. It's available online, and in print. People are listed at various locations throughout the United States and around the world, but you should feel free to contact anyone, anywhere, anytime.


Learn How to Experience the Supernatural

The Key to the Supernatural - To download a free PDF of this book, click here. 

Is Your Miracle Passing You By? - To download a free PDF of this book, click here.

The It's Supernatural TV program features guests who have experienced extraordinary healings, miracles and personal encounters with God.

Through our It's Supernatural TV showMessianic Vision radio show and ISN (the It's Supernatural Network) we are committed to teaching you how you can do the same works Jesus did and even greater (John 14:12). 


Prayer Guides – National Prayer Center

Ways to Pray Prayer Guides:  “Ways to Pray” provides a number of prayer guides that will help you pray meaningfully for your pastor, church family, ministries in the church, and mission outreaches at home and abroad. “Ways to Pray” simply is available to give additional scope and focus to your prayers.

Prayer Basics is a downloadable, biblically based prayer training resource, prayer topics include:

  • What’s It All About
  • Who Should Pray
  • What Should We Pray About
  • When Should We Pray
  • Where Should We Pray
  • Why Should We Pray


Need Prayer - Prayer Partners

Christ For All Nations

Could you use a supernatural intervention from heaven in some area of your life? The same miracles we see on the mission field are available for you on the main streets of America. Right where you live. God is no respecter of persons. It doesn't matter who you are, where you are from, the color of your skin or the clothes you wear. It makes no difference to Him. If you have a need, we have a God who hears and answers ours prayers.

The Bible teaches us that we are to bear one another's burdens. We can do this most effectively as we bring these burdens to the Lord in prayer. Please take a moment to fill in the requested information below and send us your prayer request.

Each request is prayed for by our staff in the United States and then sent to an actual Christ for all Nations crusade where I, the local pastors, and all the attendees stretch out their hands toward your needs, and agree in prayer that God will do a miracle in your life! Let me know how I can pray for you, today! Your prayer request will receive our immediate attention. - Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

Would you like someone to agree with you in prayer? Telephone prayer lines are staffed by a dedicated team of volunteer prayer partners. The lines are open Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CT). Just call (918) 258-1588, ext. 5566, to speak with your Prayer Partner. – or submit prayer request online. - Kenneth Hagin Ministries

We are simple Disciples of Christ, dedicated to Crusade for World Brotherhood through Love and Faith in God. Without denomination, belonging to all, serving all.

Our aim is total commitment to helping people in need through Love, Faith and Prayer. The essence of our work is Faith Healing and we thank the Lord for using us as His channels of Healing Love.

Our Sanctuary of Divine Healing is dedicated to everyone. Divine Healing Services are held in our Sanctuary as we link up in prayer partnership with our world-wide membership.  We have an absolute faith in the Almighty and pray in the name of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We merely act as His channels of Healing, for He is the true labourer.

The Worldwide outreach uses the Internet to share God's blessings on our Web site and through our free email inspirational. – National Prayer Center

The National Prayer Center was established in 1994 to provide a call center and receiving point for requests from people seeking help through prayer. Since its establishment, millions of calls and requests have come to the 1-800-4-PRAYER phone line and through the web site, email, fax, and mail.

Intercessory Prayer Network - Prayer Ministries

A central office and phone center located at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, handles calls that come to 1-800-4-PRAYER. Volunteers take the callers’ needs to God in prayer. Callers regularly express heartfelt thanks to volunteers for taking the time to spend a few moments in prayer with them.

Additionally, many requests come to the National Prayer Center via the Internet. These requests are distributed weekly to the Intercessory Prayer Network. Faithful volunteers across the United States take these requests to the Lord individually, in prayer groups, or in church services.

Hundreds of non-stop prayer meetings now link up here on the web to form a unique chain of prayer.

Along the way, this unusual prayer meeting has given rise to numerous new initiatives, communities and ministries particularly focusing on the poor, the marginalised, students and those outside the reach of normal expressions of church.

How It Works:  Participating groups pledge to pray 24 hours a day for a week or more in a dedicated prayer-room. They then 'carry the baton of prayer' for that period. The prayer passes from location to location in a never ending flow linked up by the Worldwide Web. We are a virtual community praying in real locations. Right now someone, somewhere is praying 24-7.

What Is the Aim:  The dream behind 24-7 is to turn the tide of youth culture back to Jesus


Prayers for Specific Needs

These numbers may be phoned  directly. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to heaven are available  24 HOURS A DAY!

These are more effective than 911,  When -

You are sad, phone John 14
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139
Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You feel like an outcast, phone Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip, phone Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation's and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
Paul's secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12
For dealing with fear, call Isaiah 41:10 
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18


Praying for the World & America

“Calling the people of God in America to Prayer"  - To encourage and establish 24/Hour Prayer Throughout Cities, States and the Nation.

"Calling the People of God Worldwide To Prayer" - To encourage and establish 24/Hour Prayer In every Nation of the World.

Uniting Together in Prayer For America’s Future:  The present condition of our nation demands united, decisive action. We need more than one positive election, more than one court decision, more than one good series of sermons, and more than one significant local church revival. We must experience a new national awakening.  Join with us in the Awakening America Alliance today

Awakening America Alliance exists in order to provide a broad umbrella under which the body of Christ in America can unite together in seeking a contemporary spiritual awakening. Awakening America is issuing a wake-up call for revival in the church and a Christ awakening in the nation by utilizing unified activity, various forms of media, and highly visible events, as well as encouraging collaboration together in prayer, fasting, and God-inspired action to impact the nation's non-Christian population. - Intercessors For America

Mission:  Uniting Believers in Effective Prayer and Fasting for America

The National Prayer Center is an inter-denominational, non-profit organization dedicated to activating, mobilizing and inspiring Christians across America to become involved in the Biblical mandate to pray for our leaders and for national revival in order to heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 and 1 Timothy 2:1-2).

The National Prayer Center is headquartered in Washington D.C. within walking distance from the United States Capitol building. The facility’s primary function is to be a place of prayer for our nation and its leaders.

Please continue to join with us in prayer for our nation and our leaders.

  • Pray for our President, Members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices.
  • Pray for all Presidential candidates and those running for re-election.
  • Pray for a nation wide awakening that would lead to a spiritual transformation of our nation
  • Pray for wisdom for our national leaders in this economic and spiritual time of challenge
  • Pray for a spirit of healing and unity
  • Pray for all in America to experience an outpouring of God's Love.

Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to protecting our freedom to publicly pray and express our faith in God; and restoring Judeo-Christian principles to their rightful place in the marketplace of ideas. Our goal is to work alongside members of congress to unify the nation to trust God again.

As we look across America today, the spiritual prayer wall that helped America reach her greatness seems to be under attack and in need of repair. That is why on November 18, 2005 certain members of Congress issued a "Call to Prayer for America." That is why we invite you to join us in rebuilding this prayer wall around our nation by committing to pray five minutes each week that God will hear our land.

Presidential Prayer Team:  Mobilizing millions of Americans to pray daily for our President, our Leaders, our Nation and our Armed Forces

Many have wanted to pray for our President and our country, but haven’t known how to pray or what to pray. The Presidential Prayer Team provides you the most accurate and up-to-date information so that you can pray with intelligence, conviction and power.



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