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The Power of Prayer

Posted Oct 15 2010 3:00am
Like most of world, I was enthralled in the coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners... even nearly brought to tears a few times. How miraculous that these men survived the seemingly impossible, and what an amazing testimony to the existence of miracles.

I'm fortunate that I recognize an amazing miracle with every breath taken by my amazing 'lil man, since by now you know that these breaths were never anticipated to ever be possible. With this recognition comes more recognition of the smallest of miracles, and the belief in the power of prayer.

Why the power of prayer? I guess it is mostly because there is no other explanation to what is possible when more widespread focus is made on having faith and believing in the impossible. Not to mention, it's proven that prayer CAN heal the mind, body, and soul. I have even made at least one other post, with viable scientific research on the power of prayer.

Back to those Chilean miners, who also have come to recognize the power of prayer:

Can Prayer Save Your Life?
by Dr. Manny Alvarez

For the 33 miners who have been trapped half a mile underneath the Chilean earth, the past 69 days of their lives have been filled with fear and uncertainty, their first glimpse of daylight must surely be a heavenly sight. But throughout the entire ordeal, there is one thing that has remained constant: Prayer.

Since Aug. 22, when the first glimmer of hope came in the form of a note scrawled in red ink, telling of their survival, the miners — and their families — have had their unwavering faith put to the test. Family members, religious leaders and entire communities have held candle-lit vigils around the clock as the world watched and prayed for their safe return.

Shrines with statues of saints — and even one of The Pope — have adorned the ground above their underground prison, and religious leaders have sent bibles down the tubes used to deliver supplies.

And all the prayer has had an effect on the personal faith of some of the men, like Frank Lobos — who, according to his brother, was not a religious man before he became trapped — have actually found faith throughout their agonizing ordeal. In a letter written by Lobos to his family members, he recounted the miracle of the “white butterfly” that led him safely to refuge when the dust of the collapsing earth filled the air around him.

In a country known for its deep-seeded religious beliefs and extraordinary faith in God, it’s no wonder to me that these men are today being pulled to safety and celebrated one-by-one.

Studies have shown the power of prayer when it comes to healing the sick, and it’s no different when it comes to praying for the health and safety of “los 33.”

One study of cardiac patients published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that intercessory prayer — or prayer on another’s behalf — may be effective in supplementing standard medical care. Experts examined the health outcomes of 990 patients with serious cardiac conditions, who were newly-admitted to the hospital. Half of the cardiac patients received daily prayer for four weeks from five volunteers who believed in God and in the healing power of prayer, while the other half received no prayer.

Not surprisingly, what they found was that the group receiving prayers from the volunteers had 11 percent better outcomes when it came to complications like chest pains, pneumonia, infection, and death, than the group that received no prayer.

So, are we witnessing a modern-day miracle? Absolutely — perhaps, even 33 of them.

That said, please simply take just a moment out of each and every one of your days to say a little prayer for your loved ones near and far... the strangers that you may never meet, who need some uplifting words spoken on their behalf... and even your enemies, because we all know that despite the adversity we are all fighting inner demons and a difficult battle. The words do not need to be formal, there is no right or wrong way to pray... nor are you required to pray to someone else's vision of God. Believe that if you speak from your heart in the hopes of your words being acknowledged, they will be appropriately answered in due time.
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