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May 22nd, 2006
Word on the Street : Prayer and Health

“Do you think praying for someone who’s ill makes a difference in his or her recovery?”

Steve G., 29
I don't know if it makes a difference in their recovery, but for some reason, it makes me feel better as a person.
Mark C., 23
I think the whole psychology of the issue affects your wellness. When your brain thinks you need to get better, when you think that people are thinking about you, I think that affects how quickly your body heals. I don't know medically, if that holds true, but I think the thought counts.
Danielle S., 23
Maybe, if they actually know that you're praying for them and you give them a support system, that helps. But I think just praying and not telling them, I don't think that does anything, honestly. I think praying is more a spritual healing thing, more of a "touch healing" thing and support system. I think praying for random people in India, I don't think that's helping anybody.
Brenda T., 41
God is always glorified. His definition of recovery may not always be the same as ours. But deep in my heart, I believe that and I've seen it. My sister had a stroke Tuesday and she has improved drastically. And we prayed for her, for that.
Cary F., 22
I am personally a Christian and I'm a psych major (from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville), so I've looked into the subject. Numerous studies I've found show that praying actually helps someone and I've seen it in my personal life. I believe that praying helps and I do it myself.
David H., 27
It makes a real big difference. I'll put it to you like this: If there was no God, God makes everything, think about it. He's the reason we're talking and walking right now.
Rose J., 26
Without God, who can heal? We need God to heal a lot of things.
Brian C., 27
Faith by prayer? I would say, yes. Whatever helps a person get over something like that. I've heard stories of it, so I suppose, it wouldn't hurt.
Tom G., 55
Definitely, I think God hears your prayers. When you pray, you always get an answer, it may not be the answer you want, but you always get an answer.

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