Despite the recognized value of intercessory prayer
, some participants expressed that prayer seemed somewhat separated from the experiences of everyday school life.
Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer
(STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer
THE first scientifically-controlled study of intercessory prayer
was carried out in 1985 at San Francisco General Hospital.
The next prayer RCT was the double-blind study of Byrd (14) on intercessory prayer
as an adjunct to usual care for patients admitted to a coronary care unit (CCU).
A double-blind study on intercessory prayer
established that the group prayed for needed less treatment than the control group.
If God's plan is fixed, then intercessory prayer
cannot sway God or influence the future in any way.
One resident chose to examine the research literature on intercessory prayer
, comparing those findings with data he collected during his interactions with leukemia and colorectal cancer patients.
In addition, a plethora of organizations dealing with everything from alcohol and drug recovery to intercessory prayer
, as well as various choirs, sisterhoods, brotherhoods, teenage groups, outreach to the poor groups and revival groups meet regularly on every square inch of church property, especially in the rectory.
The positive effects of intercessory prayer
have also been documented in a double-blind study of patients in a cardiac care unit.
One group fasted on Thursdays, members of another called each other every evening and engaged in the Ignatian awareness examen over the phone, another group committed itself to intercessory prayer
, and members of a fourth wrote letters of gratitude each day.
Tucked away in an essay about how and why "human rulers" should be included in intercessory prayer
is the apologia "I am a (Methodist) systematic theologian who holds that Christian faith begins and ends in worship, which is therefore a constant reference-point for theology" (230).
More than 130 studies have tested intercessory prayer
(prayer at a distance), and more than two-thirds of these studies have found a positive, statistically significant difference.
Not surprisingly, therefore, the medieval Passion sermon is one in which the Virgin emerges from her customary role as an icon of humility, obedience, and intercessory prayer
to become an individual in her own right.
William refuses, and instead writes "Hamlet," which dramatizes the anxiety over Protestantism's abolition of purgatory: No longer could the living assist the departed through intercessory prayer
Harris WS, Gowda M, Kolb JW, et al: A randomized, controlled trial of the effects of remote, intercessory prayer
on outcomes in patients admitted to the coronary care unit.