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Is Prayer for Healing Effective?

Using the Bible as her guide, Marlene maintains a Christian website that shares information about what it means to be a Christ follower.

Many have faith and pray for healing.

Many have faith and pray for healing.

I Believe Prayer is Effective in the Healing Process

Some people believe that if science cannot prove it, then it doesn’t exist. Many treatment centers support the use of prayer as part of a successful treatment program. In the same way as we put ice on a bruised ankle to reduce swelling, people pray to bring healing to illness. So, whether science can prove it or not, along with many people, I believe in the healing power of prayer.

For many years I have not been able to afford medical insurance. In order to keep illness and the cost of medical treatment down, prayer is a significant part of my life.

I recognize that everyone has a personal frame of reference to their “higher power” or “god”. For profession, I would like to state that my higher power is the Almighty God, three spirits in one. No offense is intended when I use the phrase higher power. That phrase is a full discussion on its own. For now, I encourage all to read this hub keeping the focus on the topic of prayer and its place in the alternative healing process.

Prayer

People pray for many things, however, when people pray for healing it is sometimes called faith healing. Faith healing is when illness or a debilitating physical condition is healed through supernatural means from a higher power or an intervention of God through a miracle.

There are three types of prayer people refer to. They are all believed to be effective, however the manner in which the prayer is carried out is slightly different. One can pray for oneself or others can pray for someone else as an intercessor or distant prayer.

The Miracle of Prayer

A couple of years ago, I was rushed to the hospital due to severe heart palpitations, nausea, and all of the symptoms of a heart attack. Almost immediately upon being admitted, my husband called the church secretary and within minutes thousands of people began praying for me. Initial tests showed significant heart trauma, however, the next day, the doctors were surprised that they could find no evidence of any kind of trauma to my heart. I was discharged and the doctor, not having anything else to state, wrote "Unidentified Heart Trauma" on my chart.

  • Praying for Oneself
    For faith healing, we can pray directly to the Lord for healing of ourselves or others. When we pray for ourselves, we seek a quiet place and ask for healing from our higher power.
  • Intercessory Prayer
    People who are intercessory prayers usually feel that they have a “calling” to pray for others. They are called intercessors. An intercessor prays for a higher power to intercede on behalf of another person, usually for recovery from a health crisis.

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

  • Distant Prayer
    Distant prayer is a form of intercessory prayer. Distant prayer is when someone prays for a person who he or she has never met. Typically, a request is made to the church or other group with faith. They pray for the person for healing.

Miracle Faith Healing Shrines

When healing seems hopeless, some people visit religious shrines, such as the French shrine at Lourdes which is internationally reputed for having therapeutic powers. It is the most visited shrine in the world. Reports of miracles of our Lady of Lourdes are thoroughly examined and evidence indicates that there are many cases of verifiable healing.

Medical Institutions Consider Faith Healing

Medical treatment centers consider prayer to be a Complementary Alternative Medical treatment (CAM). In fact, The American Cancer Society recognizes faith healing as a component of the healing process and incorporates faith healing as part of the overall treatment schedule. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America also utilizes prayer as a significant part of their treatment program.

Notable Report on Prayer as a Complementary Alternative Medicine Solution (CAM)

The report - Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Cancer Patients During Treatment was published in partnership with the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). The report shows that 91% of patients undergoing cancer treatment indicated that they use at least one form of CAM. The most widely used forms of CAM were prayer, relaxation and exercise.

Personal Experience With Faith Healing at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America

I share the following story as a personal testament of my experience with medical treatment centers and how open they are toward using prayer for healing.

It was four years ago that a friend called to break the news to me that she had breast cancer and needed to go in for treatment. She asked if I would pray for her. Of course, I did. Somehow, immediately I knew that whatever treatment was lined up for her would be a success. She told me she had selected the Cancer Treatment Centers of America to administer treatment. I volunteered to accompany her to her first series of treatments which would take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We live in California, so it was a big deal. Prior to treatment, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America sends out a packet of information to the patient. The packet contains information that allows the patient and the person accompanying the patient to become familiar with the treatment process. I reviewed the information and discovered Cancer Treatment Centers of America's belief in prayer and how important they consider prayer as part of the overall treatment process.

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)

  • SEER Web Site
    A premier source for cancer statistics in the US. We collect incidence, prevalence and survival data and publish reports on these and cancer mortality. For those interested in cancer statistics and surveillance methods.

While going through treatment, the treatment center supplies a shuttle bus from the patient's housing location to the treatment center. On the shuttle bus, we hear uplifting Christian music playing in the background. While at the center, we are constantly aware that people are praying for healing of all the patients.

My friend is now cancer free and feeling great. We attribute her healing to the presence of spiritual guidance. Statistics show that the Cancer Treatment Centers of America has a higher rate of success than other treatment centers.

Scientific View on Faith and Prayer for Healing

Science shows that our belief system and faith in the treatment process goes a long way toward helping us heal. How we feel sends stimulants to various parts of the brain, producing signals that help ward off negative impulses.

Prayer Works as an Enhancement to Your Overall Healing Process

Being calm and peaceful is an important part of recovery. If prayer brings about a peaceful feeling and calm attitude and if being in that calm state is helpful to the recovery process, then I say, yes, prayer is effective in the healing process.

Prayer Video

The following video is a prayer video 2:44 in length, with beautiful music, scenes, and words so that you can also pray along with the video narrator.

This prayer summons healing for ourselves as we offer ourselves up to our Healer.

Upon watching this video, you may develop a higher level of peacefulness and calm. This does happen to be one of the effects of prayer.

A Prayer for Personal Healing - Pray to be Healed and Recover

Resources

American Cancer Society

Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Spiritual Support

Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Breast Cancer Survival Statistics and Results

Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)

Prevalence of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Cancer Patients During Treatment

Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)


Marlene Bertrand is a certified pastoral counselor focusing on living life faithfully.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Marlene Bertrand

Comments

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on November 04, 2016:

Hello always exploring. I completely believe in the power of prayer. It will always be a mystery as to why some are healed and others are not. We know it is not directly up to us, but I do believe we can appeal to God through prayer and while He ultimately has the last word, we can let our heart and desire be known to Him. Mostly, I think prayer offers peace of mind that allows us to heal without worry.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 04, 2016:

I firmly believe in prayer healing. Why some people are healed and others are not is a mystery. This is a well researched hub. The topic is interesting. Thank you for sharing. God blessing's.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on October 27, 2014:

Hello David Ortega. I like your prayer a lot. I think I will incorporate it into my healing prayers, as well.

David Ortega from Altoona, Iowa on October 26, 2014:

Nice. One of the prayers I like to pray before I take any medicine is-May God's healing grace infuse the medicine and mitigate side effects. May the healing touch of Jesus fill me (you) from the crown of my (your) head to the tip of my (your) toes. Amen.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 10, 2013:

Hi Kasman. Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. Like you, I enjoy reading stories of how people are healed through faith.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on August 10, 2013:

Great job on the hub Marlene. I've been witness to many people being healed by Jesus in several different countries. Actually had a hand in praying for some of these. One of the most amazing ones was a girl in Brazil. She was a member of a team of missionaries I was a part of down to Ipero. She had busted her leg in the middle of a drama she was helping to perform onstage at an outside event. Another person fell on top of her and wrenched her knee and it began to swell. Let's just say that within a few minutes, one of the Brazilian ladies came up and prayed in a very loud portuguese to Jesus.....smacked her leg and the swelling disappeared and her leg was fine. One of the most incredible things I'd ever seen and also the over 400 people who were present who saw it.....well let's just say a ton of them gave their lives to the Lord.

I love hubs like this, it's absolutely an honor to read it and to know that others have experienced similar things. You kept me riveted and I'm voting you up and sharing big time!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 06, 2013:

So true, Rajan. Both faith and prayer go together quite well toward healing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 06, 2013:

Hi, Marlene. I believe in the power of prayer in healing and it gets added power from the faith attributed to prayer.

Thoroughly enjoyable read and voted up and useful. Sharing.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 28, 2013:

elayne001, thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Many blessings to you.

Elayne from Rocky Mountains on February 28, 2013:

I truly enjoyed your hub about prayer. I agree that the powers of heaven can be brought down through communication with God. I have witnessed that power in my own life. Continue on in your faith and love.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 26, 2013:

Michael-Milec, thank you for your positive feedback. There are times in my life that prayer has been the only solution. And, yes sometimes miracles follow with the result being absolutely a direct answer to prayer.

Michael-Milec on February 26, 2013:

Hello MarleneB

Outstanding .

Yes, prayers for healing, are answered; prayer/asking the Yehoshuah in faith IS privilege of God's children delivered in the redemptive act of resurrected Messiah. We have His word , " I will do it."

Only if we dare to ask in our needs -- continually with thanksgiving, miracles follow. In my personal /family life as well countless other places, The Lord has glorified Himslf by manifestation of many miracles. The one was sending my living spirit back into the body left behind. Glory!

Your hub serves as powerful encouragement to any believer to pray as well as ' prayer video ' to quicken faith in the Loving, Merciful God of the Univers who wants everybody to be saved and healthy.

Up & awesome .

Reverently, Michael

Shalom

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on September 19, 2012:

Hello Laurinzo Scott, something you said is most important - that God has a different purpose for each of us. Also, like you said, we each have a different prayer life. You are absolutely right about that and it is the one thing people want to realize when they are praying. Thank you for your feedback. It is good to hear from you.

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on September 18, 2012:

Very positive and TRUE hub, there is power in prayer... to heal and change things. God has a different use for each of our prayers, as we all have a different "prayer Life." That is totally realtional and personal.

Love this one, and glad I found it!

Laurinzo

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 09, 2012:

Thank you, ausmedus. I am happy to read your positive comments and inspiration.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 08, 2012:

Hi Nyamache, yes, it all starts with faith. And, you are right, for those of us who have received results from prayer, we do not need science to say yes or no to whether or not it works. Prayer works whether scientists believe it or not. Thank you for reading. It is nice to meet another believer in prayer.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on August 07, 2012:

This hub makes us to have an understanding of prayer. A person needs to have faith in his/her prayers. Prayer goes hand in hand with faith. We do not need to have science prove that prayer heals. I believe in prayer since God is a living God and prayer is how we communicate with him.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 06, 2012:

thelyricwriter - Thank you for your positive feedback. Prayer is a part of everything I do. I notice that no matter what is happening in my life, when I pray, my life is better. Yes, God does answer prayers.

manatita44 - Thank you for your comment. Yes, God is omnipresent and no matter where we are, He will hear us and answer our prayers. With regard to distant prayer, when I am in California praying for someone in New Zealand, Alaska, no matter where they are, God will hear my prayer for them and He will answer it. The idea is that we should pray for ourselves and others, even those we do not know, including those who are distant from us - living in other countries. I bring up the concept of distant prayer to help people remember that we can intercede on behalf of others, whether we know them or not, and no matter where they live in the world. God hears. God answers.

ausmedus - I agree with you that prayer brings peace of mind. As part of a successful treatment program, being peaceful and calm is beneficial in helping the body cope with illness and respond to treatment. In some cases, prayer alone can bring about healing and when used with other treatment programs, prayer brings about the best outcome. In everything I do, I pray. Thank you very much for reading and for your comment.

manatita44 from london on August 06, 2012:

A topic of paramount importance and certainly worth the effort. Thank you for highlighting the importance of prayer.

Just one thing. I understood your reference to distant healing. Still, our Lord is omnipresent. Indeed scripture says that He is in our hearts. Point here is that since we are invoking Him, He will respond right here and in Australia or wherever the need is right here while we pray. So where is the relevance of distant healing in its true sense. All is in the Eternal Now, In the Sacrament of The Present Moment. At least this is my perception of what the saints say.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 05, 2012:

Voting this up and all across but funny. This was great Marlene. Prayer is powerful and I believe when it is from the heart, it will be answered. The power of prayer can't be unnoticed. There is power in God and power in prayer. This is such a wonderful article Marlene. Sharing this on twitter.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 05, 2012:

I continue to be overjoyed by the response from readers and I thank you all, again for your positive comments. May we all continue to pray and know that our prayers are being heard and answered.

Sophie on August 05, 2012:

Marlene, This is a beautiful hub... and I am so glad that it did get the HOTD award... Faith is the essence of life. Well written and presented.

colombostock from Colombo Sri Lanka on August 05, 2012:

Awesome hub. Voted up!

Doodlehead from Northern California on August 04, 2012:

Feels like there is power emanating from the hub itself. Thank you.

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 04, 2012:

Congrats on Hub of the Day. I too believe in the healing power of prayer. It is very real and comforting.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 04, 2012:

I certainly believe in prayer and I know many need a point of faith or contact such as the shrines you speak of or prayer clothes, etc. I don't think we should have idols but I think God understands and even uses objects or such; as how Jesus rubbed the mud was it, in the blind man's eyes?

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 04, 2012:

Congrats on HOTD! I have been through some rough times in my life, and if I hadn't been able to pray, I think I would have had a nervous breakdown. God has helped me throughout my life and continues in my life each day.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc. and will share.

Tami Fite on August 04, 2012:

WITHOUT A DOUBT, PRAYER WORKS! God is in the business of the improbable and the miraculous! The difficult thing is we do not know which prayers and which person He will heal, so we need to believe in faith that HE CAN! Beautiful!

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on August 04, 2012:

Hello Marlene. Yes, I do believe that prayer for healing is effective. PRAYER is very powerful and our weapon on earth that goes through the thickest clouds and reach GOD. When one pray for healing, the sincerity and trustfulness of the heart sends power and wisdom to the sick person helping him/her identify those GOD has placed around to help him get better. A feeling that helps a sick person feel that GOD is always there, and that HE is the GREAT PHYSICIAN.

Thank you for this hub, we all needed this to heal ourselves, and congratulations for this hub of the day. I am sharing! My prayers for you and for us all. Such a great blessing to meet you.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 04, 2012:

Congrats for the Hub of the Day! I have seen Faith healing work, so I have no doubt regarding its effectiveness. Hub voted up!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on August 04, 2012:

Great inspiring topic. I do believe in prayer. This gives me strength and hope to fight with my illness. Enjoyed reading it. Voted up and congratulations on hub of the day award!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 04, 2012:

Hi everyone, thank you for your feedback and compliments. It is good to hear from so many who believe in the power of prayer. Thank you for sharing your experiences with healing through prayer - sharing how prayer by itself has brought about healing. Also, how prayer, when used alongside other treatments has brought remarkable results. While I have received healing through prayer alone, I also consider prayer to be the catalyst - the thing that starts the process that allows therapy and medications (science) to work together. Many blessings to you all.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on August 04, 2012:

Wonderful and informative hub on prayer. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I prayed, went through chemo and radiation and later took health supplements. I believed every form of treatment would up my odds and here I am at eight years cancer free. I thank you for the inspirational article.

Karen A Szklany from New England on August 04, 2012:

Beautiful hub, Marlene. I love you emphasis on faith as a complement to medical treatment....and prayer can make the chance that such treatment succeeds infinitely better than if such prayer was not given.

My aunt visited Lourdes and brought home a cross and a bottle of blessed holy water. I was so touched by the video that you included here...by the people reaching out to touch the rocks and receive healing. Mary's healing energy is truly there! :0)

Congratulations on this hub's well-deserved hub-of-the-day honor. :0)

marcsur92 from Barcelona on August 04, 2012:

I fail to note the relation between saying some words out lout and the 2cm cut in my arm being healed. I think people who believe in religion should not be able to benefit from science, because one is in a clear opposition to another. So, if you have cancer, think wisely: chemotherapy OR God. The fact that the USA doesn't have a public healtcare maybe helps a lot to making people think that religion is the only way out.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 04, 2012:

This is beautiful Marlene B. I was glad to see this hub on the front page. Congratulations on a well deserved Hub of the Day!

Teresa Martinez from Philippines on August 04, 2012:

I believe that prayers can bring healing. It is a mistake to make it the last resort only although it can be the only solution when all else fails. That is why we pray whether we are healthy or sick because it can show us the way. This is a beautiful hub about believing.

Corey from Northfield, MA on August 04, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this hub. It is amazing what prayer and positive thinking can help a person overcome.

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on August 04, 2012:

thanks for the HUB. I do think prayer is effective for healing. Nothing heals pain more than hope and faith. The human mind has powers that even science cannot explain. If someone can believe something enough, Im sure they can change the functionality of their body to such. I read before where a man was able to stay in ice water for 2 hours without dying of hypothermia because he believes he can regulate his body temperature. AND HE CAN. the wonder of our mind.

Diana Hernandez from Long Island on August 04, 2012:

Beautiful hub. The power of prayer and faith is one that not many have the chance to experience. Sometimes, believing in something other than ourselves and our possessions can heal our souls in a way no other remedy can.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on August 04, 2012:

What an excellant hub! I believe prayer is effective in healing. As I have witnessed this first-hand. Your insight into this subject is detailed wonderfully by the use of personal experience. I have seen prayer work to heal and I have seen unanswered prayers as well. It all leads to God's purpose and plan for our lives.

I suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, and I can tell you that without prayer, I don't know how I would be able to cope. There are days when the pain brings me to tears. Without my faith, I would be in a deep pity party. I can tell you that prayer is effective. Although my fibromyalgia is not gone (completely healed), I live with it daily but it is with God's loving grace, that I can endure it.

Thanks for this beautiful hub on prayer for healing.

Wendell Patterson from Alabama on August 04, 2012:

Excellent hub you can never the dimish the power of praye.r

KenWu from Malaysia on August 04, 2012:

Truly an excellent hub. We all need prayer, whether for healing purposes or not. It all begins with the intention of the prayers and as long as they send positive signal, it will be good.

Voted up and clicking all the buttons except 'funny'.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on August 04, 2012:

Thank you Marlene for sharing this. A very powerful hub on a wonderful power of grace , mercy, forgiveness, hope, and love.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on August 04, 2012:

I agree with your article about the power of prayer to heal. It is very comforting to read all of the comments here and to confirm the truth about our state of health. I request your prayers as I recover from a car accident where the only real injury is that of blow to my chest from the airbag. Since my medical insurance is all spiritual, in God, I know about the powerful energy of prayers and am thankful for the best Whole Earth policy combined with herbs and the gifts of healing foods.

Arlene V. Poma on August 04, 2012:

Right on, Marlene! And congratulations on your HOTD!

Katheryn from United States on August 04, 2012:

Marlene ... Truly a well written hub and important hub to share. Having the ability to turn over things in our lives that simply frighten and overwhelm us to a power high above; makes coping less difficult. If I am not mistaken, I believe that they tried an experiment on plants that were not doing well. The group of plants that received the prayers did far better than those without. The same experiments have proven like results with humans. Those that do not believe are missing out on the comfort, healing and power that God can provide when needed! Well deserved HOD.

whonunuwho from United States on August 04, 2012:

Yes there is much positive help in prayer and there have been countless experiences of so many that have had a miraculous cure. There has to be truth in this and prayer does heal. Our faith is what keeps us all going onward each and every day.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 04, 2012:

One of my first hubs was on this topic. Great choice for Hub of the Day and out of the ordinary I must say. Congratulations on a well done piece of work and a lovely message.

kelleyward on August 04, 2012:

Fantastic hub congrats on the HOTD!!! Kelley

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on August 04, 2012:

God made us and He can fix us! What a great hub, Marlene. Thank you for taking on such a challenging topic with ease and eloquence.

I cannot imagine a life without prayer nor prayer without believing that God is a BIG God who can do anything. He loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to be brutally whipped and beaten for our healing--sometimes people miss that part-- as well as dying on the cross and rising again for our salvation. He is the healer!

Voted up and beautiful!

Epus Gren from Philippines on August 04, 2012:

You are not only helping people and giving them alternative medicine. You are also imparting the public on the supremacy of one being called God. For this, I simply say you are a great preacher.

Keep it up and many more hubs about this.

Peace to you and to all of your family and friends.

healthylife2 on August 04, 2012:

What an awesome hub and congrats on HOD!! I will consider adding prayer to my journey to good health.

Pauline Davenport from Isle of Man on August 04, 2012:

How to describe this Hub beautiful? healing? encouraging? Light in the darkness? None of this can describe it fully. Whatever one's beliefs, there is no getting away from the fact that prayer is very very powerful. It's a simple as that. I have seen first hand the power of prayer, whether it be physical or spiritual, in others who have maybe been skeptical, and time without number throughout my own life. am voting this 'up' and sharing it on 'Facebook' Marlene. Thank you for putting this power into such beautiful words

alphonse george from Kerala,India on August 04, 2012:

Of course there is intensive power in prayer.Thanks for sharing.

Joseph A K Turner from West Yorkshire on August 04, 2012:

Excellent hub, having been personally healed of a sore throat whilst being prayed for, I firmly believe that there is power in prayer, well done for shining god's light and winning hub of the day!!!!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on August 04, 2012:

This was a beautiful hub about a very important issue. Prayer for healing does work, I have seen it also. Very well done and worthy of your HOTD. Congratulations.

I had breast cancer three years ago. I went on a women's retreat the following weekend and was immersed in prayer the whole time. When it was over, I had four churches praying for my successful treatment. I was never worried about it and everything came out great. I never even got burned from the radiation treatment. Very unusual, I was told by the radiation technicians. I am not worried about it coming back either, although I will continue to use the preventive measures suggested by the Doctors.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 04, 2012:

Prayer definitely has healing powers. I know from personal experience. If you have read my hubs about my daughter and grandson and my most recent Healhing Through Prayer you know my position on this topic.

I am so glad to konw that others share this belief. I only wish that many more could embrace the power of prayer in their lives. thank you for sharing this. And congrats on hub of the day.

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on August 04, 2012:

What a fantastic hub and so in depth. I love the way you have written this and the power prayer has on healing.

Voting up and interesting.

chamilj from Sri Lanka on August 04, 2012:

Interesting. I should try this. Thanks for sharing.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:

Hi Ruchira, thank you for commenting. The one thing I know for sure is that prayer works. Many blessings to you.

Ruchira from United States on August 03, 2012:

such a beautiful hub, marlene.

the effect of prayer is strong and powerful and I can vouch for it as well.

2 thumbs up, my friend!!

awesome and many votes!!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:

Hi Simone, thank you for your positive feedback. It means a lot. It's one of my favorite topics. :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 03, 2012:

What a fantastic Hub! I love the introduction you gave to different types, and find the studies you've introduced to be fascinating. What a fantastic, comprehensive overview this is. Thanks for putting it together!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

Hi Debby Bruck. It is an analogy. When we bruise our ankle, we put ice on it to heal it. When we are ill, we pray to heal our illness. In the former case (ice on ankles) the ice is the healer. In the latter case (prayer for illness) prayer is the healer.

Thank you for asking about it. I have a feeling others might have difficulty with the same phrase. If so, I hope they ask me about it too. It would be my cue that it is confusing and should be removed.

Debby Bruck on August 02, 2012:

Marlene - I like the way to broke down faith healing and prayer into the many ways people intercede and self use these methods.

I didn't get this statement, " In the same way as we put ice on a bruised ankle to reduce swelling, people pray to bring healing to illness." but that does not really matter as I continued to read through to the end.

Blessings for your health, Debby

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

Thank you for your positive comments Julie DeNeen and Sueswan - and thank you for sharing. I truly appreciate you for that.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 02, 2012:

I'm another believer in prayer. Great job and lots of good information.

Sueswan on August 02, 2012:

Hi Marlene

I believe in the power of prayer. I belong to a prayer group on facebook where I am going to share your hub,

God Bless

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

Rosyel Sawali - Thank you for your very positive feedback and for sharing. It means a lot to me.

girishpuri - Thank you for your vote. I agree with you. When I pray things just seem better just for praying.

kelleyward - Thank you for your vote. Yes. Prayer works. I hope you write a hub on the subject. I would definitely read it.

kelleyward on August 02, 2012:

What a great topic Marlene. I thought about doing a hub on this so if I do I'll take a different approach. I also believe in the healing power of prayer. Prayer has gotten me and many people I know through lots of things including medical issues. Voted up and beautiful. Kelley

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 02, 2012:

Prayers are definitely helpful for mental peace, health and for the fulfillment of very purpose of life, voted up, God bless.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila, Philippines on August 02, 2012:

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this! ^_^

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

Hi tamron, I use to be amazed at the type of illnesses and disabilities people said they recovered from. But, not anymore. I still get excited and tickled about the things I hear, like I think it is so wonderful that God chose to keep your teeth cavity free. It is things like that where if you didn't know before, you know now that prayer is an effective way to heal all things.

tamron on August 02, 2012:

I am a firm believer in prayer! When I wasn't a believer God proved to me he was God and does heal. He healed every cavity in my mouth when I was a teenager. To this day I have never gotten a cavity.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 01, 2012:

I'm with you, seajon. Prayer produces amazing results.

Jon from Philippines on August 01, 2012:

nice HUB! I have just prayed last night for healing and the result was really good. Prayer for the sick is true and I don't care if no one believes it.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 01, 2012:

Hi Faith Reaper, thank you for your positive comment and for sharing your experience with prayer. I believe as you do that prayer is the foundation of all healing. And, I know what you mean about that "feeling" that comes over you and then you just KNOW your prayer is being answered. That's exactly what happened when I was in the hospital. All of a sudden I had a feeling of peace and I just knew I would be alright. Sometimes life overwhelms me and I neglect to stop and pray. But, once I remember to pray, all becomes clear and better.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 01, 2012:

Marlene - Excellent hub. I very much believe in Faith Praying, as I was healed last year just like that of breast cancer. I saw the cancer and I just knew right at that very moment, and then a peace just fell over me, and I asked the Lord to heal me and praised Him for doing so, and I told myself that I would glorify Him no matter what the outcome, as absent the body present with Jesus. When I pray, I do not have one bit of any doubt that He answers prayers or that He can heal, if that is His will. So, either way is a win-win. Prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective, and righteous just means one is right with God and has repented of all sins, so there is no barrier between you and God for that intimate communication. I have seen so many, countless times of people being healed and prayers answered. Thank you for this wonderful and inspring hub. Voted Way Up God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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