Saturday, April 01, 2006

Prayer Does Not Heal the Sick

A report released yesterday, funded by the Templeton Foundation, studied 1,800 patients recovering from heart by-pass surgery. After ten years, it was found that prayer had no effect on the health or survival of those who were prayed for. An article in the Times of London gives more details.

I consider such a study to be a waste of time and effort (not to mention money). Of course prayer does not heal the sick. God heals the sick, whether by intercessory prayer or medicine, medical procedures, and/or the skill of the medical professionals. To reduce prayer to a statistical formula is to try and capture God's sovereignty in a bottle. Countless times, God sovereignly does not heal, whether through medicine or prayer. Such refusal does not affect the benefits of either medicine or prayer. Such studies only indicate our general distrust of God's providence, and even more so our distrust of His revelation.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ehud would said...

You gotta wonder what the "Name-it & Claim-its" think of this one. I never liked that "Prayer Changes Things" bumper sticker anyway.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Gina Burgess said...

Not to mention that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. If a bunch of unbelievers are praying to a false god... they are trying to lift up lead balloons.

10:18 AM  

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