WE NOW HAVE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that prayer
may actually work. Researchers in California started out with
about 400 patients recovering from heart problems. Half the patients
received prayers (from a distance), the other half didnt.
Nobody in either group was told there was any praying going on.
According to Dr. Dale Matthews, a professor
at Georgetown Medical School, those patients who were the targets
of prayer had half as many complications and they had
a lower rate of congestive heart failure than the patients who
were not prayed for.
Could it be? Other experiments show the
same thing. In 1988, Randolf Byrd, MD, a cardiologist from the
University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine
started with 393 patients who had either heart attacks or severe
chest pains, or both.
Half were prayed for at a distance, half
werent prayed for at all. Seventeen of those not prayed
for (NPF) needed antibiotics, compared to three in the prayed-for
(PF) group. Fifteen NPFs needed diuretics, compared with five
PFs. Twenty NPFs had congestive heart failure; only eight PFs
had it. Fourteen NPFs had cardiopulmonary arrest, compared to
three PFs. Thirteen NPFs got pneumonia, compared to three PFs.
Twelve NPFs needed mechanical respirators. None of the PFs did.
Im scientifically oriented and skeptical.
I think the scientific method is the best thing going to sift
facts from wishful thinking. And here we have scientific evidence,
but maybe the studies are flawed or biased in some way. You can
find something wrong with just about any study. But what the
heck it might be true! So go ahead and send blessings
to your friends. It cant do any harm. Send them a wish
for wellness or happiness or good luck or even a specific good
event like meeting and falling in love with Mr. or Ms. Right.
Whether your particular prayer has a direct effect on your friend
or not, it will definitely have an effect on you. It feels
good to send a blessing to someone even with only a vague hope
it may help them.
Do what you can for the people you love.
And when your day is done, it couldnt hurt and might
help to send a blessing too.
Send good wishes to people anytime,