Additional Info: In the largest scientific test of its kind, heart surgery patients showed no benefit when strangers prayed for their recovery. And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications. The researchers could only guess why.
DFO: I’m not good at the spiritual discipline of prayer. However, I believe in it. And I’ve seen it work in people’s lives, over and over, sometimes in inexplicable ways re: a patient’s recovery. However, that’s anecdotal. I don’t know the parameters re: this study. But I’ll tell you one thing: If I was going under the knife, I’d be firing up the church prayer chain.
Question: Would you want people praying if you were facing a life-threatening surgery?