According to reports, more are turning to prayer when sick.
It seems that if you’re one of those individuals that pray when you’re sick you have more company than you used too. At least that’s what reporter, Bronislaus B. Kush, published in a recent article in the Telegram & Gazette. The study, which was published by the American Psychological Association, showed that the percentage of people who turn to prayer because of health concerns increased by 36 percent between 1999 and 2007.
In the past, it seems that there were always qualifying data indicating that those who prayed about their health were not a broad based cross section of the population. However this study indicated otherwise. Amy B. Wachholtz, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the lead author of the study, stated that even though there was more care assessable as a result of recent health insurance reforms, people are still banking on prayer to help them with their medical issues.
The demographic data is most interesting.
“Women, blacks, and the well-educated were the most likely to pray about their health, the overall data showed.”
“More women prayed than men, with 51% of females turning to spiritual help in 2002 and 56% in 2007.”
“Blacks were also more likely to pray, with 61 % reporting have done so in 2002 and 67 % in 2007.”
“That compares to 40% of whites praying in 2002 and 45% in 2007.”
Even though this data is most encouraging, there is much debate as to what it means to the healing process. The researcher, Ms. Wachholtz, noted that prayer can affect medical outcomes.
This study presents rational data that individuals are increasingly feeling that prayer is part of keeping them healthy. There seems to be little doubt in the public’s view that health is more than the scalpel and drugs and there is plenty of research to indicate that the spiritual aspect of man is very important no matter what one labels this concept. There is more than one model to attaining health, but the individual must believe in the model or models chosen. In my model, I concentrate on the spiritual aspect of man and have had great results. Ms. Wachholtz gave good advice when she said, “good results are usually generated when patients do all they can to help themselves and ask, through prayer, for a little help.”