“I’ll pray for you” considerations


a) Intercessionary prayer:  “Intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications”

b) Evidence for positive results from directed prayer:   Dozens of studies have shown varied results, from negative, to no effect, to statistically significant positive results

c) Secular perspective on prayer: “Because atheists have such a wide range of reactions against religion, there isn’t a single one-size-fits-all-people-and-situations orientation.

d) Using “I’ll pray for you as an insult”


e) As seen by practitioners and the devout:   In recent years, scientists have begun to consider the potential tangible (i.e., measurable) effects of prayer. Most studies come to the conclusion that it is beneficial to the person doing the praying, but has no effect on outcomes for others.

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