I know the most important reason to pray is to draw near to God and please him, but the Bible does tell us to pray for things we want. Some of the happiest memories I have are times spent in prayer. Anytime I feel sad or stressed, I know that if I spend time with God, I’ll feel much better.
The following is from the book When God Winks At You by Squire Rushnell. Rushnell is a former television president and CEO and was an executive with the ABC TV Network for twenty years.
Dr. Harold Koenig, Duke’s associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, stated that some twelve hundred studies on the effects of prayer and health were conducted at such universities as Duke, Dartmouth, and Yale. These were some of the results published in his book Handbook of Religion and Health.
Hospitalized people who attended church regularly had an average stay three times shorter than people who didn’t.
The elderly who attended church regularly were 50 percent less likely to suffer strokes than those who didn’t go to church.
Dr. Koenig was also quoted in USA Today as saying “Healthy senior citizens who said they rarely or never prayed ran about a 50 percent greater risk of dying” from their cardiac condition.