Numbers Don't Lie

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Distant prayer doesn't help

Praying for other people to recover from an illness is ineffective, according to the largest, best-designed study. 52% of patients experiencing complications regardless of whether they were the subject of prayers. And worst of all, 59% of the patients who knew they were being prayed for experienced complications. I think this should put to rest the notion that distant prayer has any effect.
Source: American Heart Journal, April. 2006.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Vengelyne said...

I think it's psychological... people who have faith that they'd get better seem to be better off than people who don't...

I'd like to question their basis of measurement on this distant prayer thingy... Hmm...

8:28 PM

 
Blogger Alexa Nickels said...

I agree

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8:32 PM

 
Blogger Deep blue sky said...

And isnt it true that 94.765% of statistics are made on the spur of the moment...
heheheh
:D

11:18 PM

 
Blogger nisa said...

Only people who doesn't believe the Hereafter would want to think that's true. People who believe God, Heaven, that this life is temporary, that afterlife is eternal, that there's Judgement Day, understands God's Commands and submit to His every Wills embracingly.

Moreover prayers are not wishes, as it's not for the All Mighty to submit to us. Instead, it is us who need & depends on His Most Mercy, on His Sustenance. It is Him who commands & knows everything -- people who humble themselves to God will believe God's Best Judgement.

Plus, why be smug just because one's healthier? Even if so it's God's Wills, maybe as a test. Just bcoz the other guy passes away early, doesn't mean you win anything. Maybe it is he who won God's Mercy in the afterlife? Only God Knows.

But believe it, all humans will die. Your death will come too. Even if you're healthier than everybody else.

God Knows Best. :)

1:08 AM

 
Blogger Bruce Williams said...

100 % of people reading your post at 9:44 pdt think statistics are for indecisive people.

9:45 AM

 
Blogger Andrew said...

Check out Wikipedia's experimental evaluation of prayer page. Here you'll find a 1983 double-blind study by Byrd that shows a small but statistically significant positive effects of distant prayer groups (they pray based on the patient's 1st name and ailment).

However, my personal favourite is this one by Leibovici, conducted in a similar (double blind) manner to Byrd's. He found that prayer on old patient records (N=3,400) showed a statistically significant improvement in their retroactive (i.e. pre-determined!) conditions. He then facetiously suggests that, since God is independent of both space and time, retroactive prayer should be used in clinical practice (yay statistics!).

7:11 PM

 
Blogger George said...

Can you imagine if those who exp. complications even though they were prayed for - what condition they would have been in if they did not have a prayer covering!
From one who has seen prayer answered in so many tangible ways I have lost count - George, a fellow blogger.

10:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't think you can measure the effects of praying.

that's like measuring how much space god takes up by measuring the air pressure before and after a priest walks into the room

4:48 AM

 

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