Over the last few decades, studies have come out that have tried to prove the link between people praying and successful medical intervention and recovery. Some studies have demonstrated a causative link, and others have not. Many researchers have concluded that trying to be scientific about the benefits of prayer could prove to be bad science and bad religion.
Researchers have studied the effect of prayer on the immune system, the body and the brain. Prayer tends to have a positive impact on all of them. The problem for scientists is proving the causal relationship between prayer and the positive effect. Many would concede that there are positive effects, but they would also say that chocolate can have a positive effect on the brain as well. (Dark chocolate). Is it prayer, or is it attitude, faith and hope? Honestly, science will never be able to prove it conclusively because science can’t measure the spirit realm. But, one thing we can all agree on, believing in a good outcome, having hope, being supported by friends and family who are praying, all have a positive effect for one reason on another.
The word science gets thrown around a lot. It is defined as:
the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
The scientific method is defined as:
a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
Now you see the problem, right? Science can’t measure and experiment with the healing that comes through prayer. They can see the prayer advantage like they can see a placebo advantage. The placebo advantage or placebo effect can see positive results because of the belief of a person. However, that is not the only thing prayer does. Prayer activates God! Prayer interposes the spirit realm into the physical realm with the power and energy of God. That power needs no “good feelings” or any other chemical release to work healing and recovery. When I am praying for someone’s healing, the last thing I am thinking about is how I am encouraging their soul. I am asking, with the expectation of happening, for healing and recovery.
As we think deeply about how God created us and how things work within us, we will see, through honest evaluation, that we are emotionally, physically and mentally rewarded through believing prayer. But, there is no doubt that God supernaturally intervenes on our behalf through prayer. By the way, I am not looking for, nor waiting for scientists to agree with me. God agrees, and that is all I need.