Is Prayer Just a Superstition?

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“Is prayer just a superstition” is a good question. Some of the much televised faith healers have diminished faith in answered prayer with their shenanigans. But regardless, prayer still does work and by no means just a superstition. Millions across the world have experienced the results of true, fervent prayer.  It is the purpose of this post to prove the validity of prayer and how you can use it in your life.

Here is what one agnostic proposes that proves that prayer is no more than just another superstition. the following statement was made with no evidence whatsoever to prove the statement true:

The fascinating thing is that we can prove that prayer has no effect in exactly the same way that we can prove that horseshoes have no effect. We take 1,000 cancer patients. We pray over 500 of them and we leave the other 500 alone. Then we look at cancer remission rates between the two groups. What we find is that prayers have zero benefit. We would see no statistical difference between the remission rates in the two groups of 500 patients

Let’s consider an experiment that really  was conducted much like proposed above only with heart patients:

Dr. Randolph Byrd, a Christian cardiologist, conducted a test to answer the question does prayer work?  [The test was conducted with] “393 patients, admitted to the coronary care unit at San Francisco General Hospital, over a 10 month period. They were randomly selected, by computer, to either a 201 patient control group or the 192 patients who were prayed for daily by 5-7 people in home prayer groups. This was a randomized, double-blind experiment in which the patients, nurses, or doctors knew which group the patients were in.”

“Dr. Byrd discovered a definite pattern of obvious differences between the control group and those prayed for:”

  1. None of those prayed for required endotracheal intubation compared with twelve in the control group requiring the insertion of an artificial airway in the throat.
  2. The prayed for group experienced fewer cases of pneumonia and cardiopulmonary arrests.
  3. Those prayed for were five times less likely to require antibiotics.
  4. The prayed for group were three times less likely to develop pulmonary edema, a condition where the lungs fill with fluid.
  5. Fewer patients in the prayed for group died!

“Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D. has referred to Dr. Byrd’s experiment, stating that “If the technique being studied had been a new drug or a surgical procedure instead of prayer, it would almost certainly have been heralded as some sort of breakthrough*

Today I read that if God really heals why doesn’t he restore and amputee’s arm or leg? I can’t answer that question, but I do know that Jesus raised the dead to life, and had a large number of witnesses when it took place. Several years ago I heard the testimony of Marlyn Ford in a live presentation, and what she experienced is an even greater miracle than receiving an arm, or leg. Listen to her answer to prayer in the video below:

I’m sure you noticed her words at the end where she says the doctor told her that medically she was sill blind, although she could see perfectly. This is truly what defines a real miracle because it involves dimensions that go beyond that which is explainable in normal terms, and can only be explained by supernatural intervention.

God always answers prayers of his faithful children. It is often misunderstood as why prayers seem to go unanswered when whatever prayed for does not materialize. God answers payer in three different ways: no, yes, and wait awhile. We love our own children, but we do not always say yes to their every request, and the reason is that parents are older and wiser and know what is best for their children. God loves his children also, but he knows far more than parents about what’s best. He sometimes says yes just as parents would say yes to their children, and sometimes no when it is not best, or wait when he knows the timing is not right.

Answered prayers are those prayers which are prayed in Jesus’ name. That is not the salutation of a prayer, the way we customarily end our prayers “In Jesus’ Name”. It means to pray in the will of Jesus. When we pray in accordance to his will, we receive the answer to our prayer. The better we know the Lord, the better we know his will.

Prayer is reserved for God’s children. Unbelievers often pray but scripture says God does not hear a sinner pray. Although we all sin, the Bible is speaking of the unbelieving sinner as well as the believer with un-confessed sin. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will,” John 9:31.

In order to receive answers to our prayers, we must first have a relationship with God by the forgiveness of our sins and through trust in Jesus Christ. Once that relationship is established, God will hear and answer your players: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of od— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:4-9. If you would like, you can have a relationship with God today.

About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website, Website Contents ,in your person growth. Be sure to take vantage of the FREE offer to get the eBook “The 4 Pillars for Personal Development” while available.

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