Does Prayer Work?

James 5:13-14

Is anyone 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. James 5:14 NIV

The scientific community has conducted studies on the effects of prayer on health and well-being, with mixed results. Some studies suggest that prayer and spiritual practices can have positive effects on mental health, stress reduction, and coping mechanisms.

What have you personally experienced in answer to prayers? I have seen wonderful answers to prayer. People who were not expected to live survived. The problem is not all answers are what we expect. Praying according to God’s will means we trust Him to do what is right and when the time is right. Even if He doesn’t heal our loved ones when we pray, He will heal them when He returns. Trusting His judgment is best. He knows more about the future than we do.

–Diane (

Written by Diane Levy


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