Americans turn to prayer for healing, survey finds
The study, led by author Jeff Levin, director of the program on religion and population health at Baylor University in Texas, found that almost 87 percent have prayed for healing for others. A little over half said they did so often, and about 80 percent of Americans stated they prayed for healing for themselves at some point in their lives, according to the survey of more than 1,700 adults across the United States.
Nearly 54 percent have asked for prayers for their health, 26 percent have given a “laying on of hands” for healing, and 53 percent have been part of a prayer group, prayer circle or prayer chain, the research found.
“Throughout human history, people have prayed to God and received strength to face and overcome an illness,” says Rev. Fred Rajan, Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.
“Prayer has the power to not only cure a disease but to heal an illness,” Rev. Rajan says. “Believing God is listening, God hears one’s cries and shouts of joy; knowing you can talk to God, or better yet, you can pour out to God without fear of embarrassment, is freeing and liberating for someone longing for healing.”
Have you prayed for your own health or someone else’s?
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