This article may not be for everybody, but to those of you who rely on their faith in God to walk through this life, I thought you might find the following interesting:
SOUTHERN MEDICAL JOURNAL: July 1988 .....Dr. Randolph Byrd, a Cardiologist, shocked the world with the results of a study done on 393 cardiac patients in a San Francisco hospital. The study concluded that there was a significant difference in the quality of recovery in those patients who received prayer. They fared better on average than their fellow patients who did not receive prayer.
THE NY TIMES: Oct. 10, 2004 ....In 2001, two researchers and a Colombia University fertility expert published a startling finding in a respected medical research journal: Women undergoing fertility treatment who had been prayed for by Christian groups were twice as likely to have a successful pregnancy as those who had not.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES: 2004 ..... A survey done through the National Institutes of Health revealed that:
- 55% of Americans have used prayer for health reasons
- 31% have asked others to prayer for their health
- 23% have prayed for health in a prayer group
The subject of prayer and its effect on healing is controversial. There are also studies that show no significant difference in patients who have prayer and those who did not. The problem is that it is a difficult area to research. It is hard to quantify or qualify the effects of prayer on health and healing in scientific terms. It all comes down to a matter of faith.
So for those of you who have faith in God and are trying to walk out that faith, the following are scriptures form the Bible concerning prayer, hope and healing:
Jeremiah 17:14 .....Heal me Lord, and I will be healed; save me Lord and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
James 5:14,15 .....Is any among you sick? Let them call the elders of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up.
Exodus 15:26 .....If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all of His statues, I will put none of these diseases on you which I brought on the Egyptians. FOR I AM THE LORD WHO HEALS YOU.
2Chronicles 7:14 .....If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Jeremiah 29:11 .....For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Proverbs 3:5,6 ....Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Psalm 30:2 ..... O Lord my God, I cried out to you and you healed me.
Psalm 6:2 .....Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak, O Lord heal me, for my bones are in agony.
Psalm 103:1-3 .....Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.
Isaiah 53:5 .....He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.
Malachi 4:2 .....But to you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings....
Romans 5:13 .....May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Matt 9:35 .....The Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.
Luke 8:48 .....Then he said to her "Daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace."
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