Yes, prayer works. And there are many fine books available (including of course the Bible) on how to pray. These books assure us that the Lord promises to hear prayer. But few books say anything on why prayer works or how prayer is heard. Just how does prayer work?
Several double-blind studies prove the efficacy of prayer. In an article entitled, "The power of prayer––divine intervention, quantum physics or a matter of mere quackery," appearing in the 24 October 2001 issue of the London Daily Telegraph, Barbara Lantin tells of numerous double-blind experiments showing that ordinary Christian prayer helps the sick to heal. She quotes Steve Wright, associate professor to the faculty of health at St. Martin's College in Lancaster, England, an expert on healing. He says that in these experiments the sick persons do not know that they are being prayed for. Neither do they know the people doing the praying.
What seems to matter is having a sincere, focused, loving and compassionate intention for the wellbeing and healing of another. Knowing their name or having a picture seems to be an influencing factor, possibly because it provides a focus for the mind.
And then there was a 1988 study by Ralph C. Byrd, published in the Southern Medical Journal, that compared the healing of hospitalized heart patients, half of whom were prayed for by strangers––Christians who volunteered for the study. In the double-blind experiment, neither the patients nor their doctors knew which of the patients received prayers. Yet the patients who were prayed for recovered markedly better.
Recent discoveries in quantum physics (the study of the physics of sub-atomic particles) and in cosmology (the branch of astronomy and astrophysics that deals with the universe taken as a whole) shed much light on how the Divine mind interacts with matter.
Unfortunately, most books on quantum cosmology are written in language that an ordinary intelligent person cannot understand. Moreover, many if not most scientists are in a state of denial of anything divine or supernatural. They are blind to the power of prayer and simply cannot see the obvious logical conclusions of their own discoveries.
What is needed is a source that explains in understandable, non-mathematical terms the relationship between mind and matter––how God's mind acts to influence the physical world.
Such a source exists.
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