If you have never read the book entitled, "When God Winks At You" by Squire Rushnell, you are missing out on a wonderful inspirational book and an easy read. It could change your life, your outlook and your day to day thinking. Many of us drift through life from day to day trying to find some meaning to our existence and a purpose for us being here. This is especially true if you do not go to church regularly and have no working knowledge of scripture or any real faith that there is a creator God and He is interested in YOU. Reading this book and then RE-reading it could change that for you.
Here is an excerpt from page 102 to page 103 and is labeled EVIDENCE:
Page 102 - 103:
Scientific studies to clinically confirm the efficacy of prayer have double in the past decade---encouraging news for those of us who have always known the power of prayer.
Dr. Michael Krucoff, a cardiologist at Duke University, randomly selected 150 heart patients and placed them into five groups for a pilot research project. one group received standard cardiac care. Three others received treatments from a bedside therapist described as imagery, stress relaxation and touch therapy. A final group received distant "OFF site intercessory prayer".
Those in the prayer therapy group improved by more than 50%. "There may be a benefit to these therapies." said Dr. Krucoff, cautiously optimistic. He has SUBSEQUENTLY expanded the study to 1500 patients.
At St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, a cardiac researcher William Harris, PhD, also found positive results from a study of intercessory prayer on one thousand heart patients with prior cardiac conditions of a serious nature. They were randomly assigned to two groups. Without knowing it, half received daily prayer for two weeks, half had no prayer. Those who received prayer were 11% better.
In a similar study, at San Francisco General Hospital in 1998, patients who received prayer were able to leave the hospital sooner.
Dr Howard Koeing, Duke's associate professor of medicine and psychiatry, stated the 1200 studies on the effects of prayer and health were conducted at such universities as Duke, Dartmouth and Yale. These were published in his book "Handbook of Religion and Health."
Heart patients who participated in religion were 14% more likely to live following surgery than those who didn't.
The elderly who attended church regularly were 50% less likely to suffer strokes than those who didn't go to church.
In Israel, religious people were 40% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who weren't religious.
Dr. Koenig was also quoted in USA Today as saying, "Healthy senior citizens who said they rarely or never prayed ran about 50% greater risk of dying" from their cardiac condition".
Have I made my point? The efficacy of prayer is fact.