Study Finds Prayer Reduces Coronary Illness in Patients (Arch. of Internal Medicine).

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A study published in PubMed and the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999, found that subjects who were prayed for had some remarkable results. The study, the research team explains, was a “Randomized, controlled, double-blind, prospective, parallel-group trial” conducted in a “Private, university-associated hospital” setting (p. 2273). The researchers had a sample size of 1013 consecutive patients who were newly admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU). These patients were randomized into two groups. One group received remote and intercessory prayer (prayer group = 484) whereas the other one did not (usual care group = 529). The first names of the patients in the prayer group were given to a team of outside intercessors who prayed for them daily for four weeks. Patients were generally older with their mean age being 66 (p. 2274).

Patients, however, were unaware that they were being prayed for, and the intercessors did not know…

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