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Would you be willing to pray?

by noir_du_sang:

To all (doesn’t matter religion): Would you be willing to pray for my aunt? *Please be nice with your answers, finding this out really hurts*
I just found out that my aunt Cecilia (aka CeeCee) Creswick’s Cancer has relasped(it was breast cancer, but it has gone into the bone now); and that she is in the hospital for chemo again…. …
I ask that anyone that can spare a little, if you would be willing to send some healing energy (or a prayer) her way, I would be most grateful.
I am asking my friends and my church to pray, but I figure asking others cannot hurt.
Thank you so much to those have prayed (or those who will). It means a lot to me.
Yes I do know about the scientific research being conducted to see if prayer actually works.
Wheather it works or not, I think it cannot hurt (well it can in some cases if the pereson thinks that are encredibly bad off if they need prayer). The point is even if it is only in the mind, that still is a powerful thing… The mind directly affects the body, so if someone thinks it helps them get better, than it may just do so.

Answer by reichman2007
Loan Ranger..i feel sorry for you.


  1. I think your heart is in the right place, but you should go to a church for help. Seek guidance from your friends and fellow churchgoers, not people on yahoo. But nonetheless I hope that your aunt gets better.

  2. From the first linked article:
    > No benefit of prayer found after surgery
    > Some question science of heart patient study
    > By Rob Stein, Associated Press | March 31, 2006
    > WASHINGTON — Praying for other people to recover from an illness
    > is ineffective, according to the largest, best-designed study to
    > try to examine the power of prayer to heal strangers at a distance.
    > The study of more than 1,800 heart bypass surgery patients found
    > that those who had other people praying for them had as many
    > complications as those who did not. In fact, one group of patients
    > who knew they were the subject of prayers fared worse.
    > The long-awaited results, the latest in a series of studies that
    > have failed to find any benefit from ”distant” or ”intercessory”
    > prayer, came as a blow to the hopes of some that scientific
    > research would validate the popular notion that people can
    > influence the health of people even if they don’t know someone is
    > praying for them.
    People who were prayed for did worse than those not prayed for. Chance are, the sick see prayer as the last gasp of the desperate trying to ward off death.
    From the second linked article:
    > Facts of Life:
    > Issue Briefings for Health Reporters
    > Vol. 4, No. 1 January – February 1999
    > Cutting the Stress of Surgery
    > The Issue:
    > Surgery is often accompanied by stress: anxiety awaiting the
    > operation, physical stress during it, and distress during
    > recovery afterward. Science has amply demonstrated that
    > stress has strong effects on both the immune system and the
    > body’s ability to heal. Simple stress-lowering strategies,
    > however – such as guided imagery, telling patients what to
    > expect, pairing them with a roommate who has been through
    > the procedure, or simply giving them a hospital room with a
    > view – can shorten hospital stays, reduce complications, and
    > make a remarkable difference in recovery.
    > The Facts:
    > * Science has known for a quarter century that preparation
    > for surgery triggers stress that can be documented
    > physiologically. A 1975 study showed that patients who were
    > shaved, washed, and given an enema before heart surgery
    > released a burst of the stress hormone cortisol more than
    > four times greater than normal for that time of day.(2)
    > * Among 30 dental surgery patients, those with high levels
    > of stress during the previous six months took longer to
    > recover from anesthesia and reported significantly more
    > pain than did patients with low levels of stress.(11)
    > * Anxiety can lead to poorer recovery. Among 126 back
    > surgery patients, those who were anxious before surgery had
    > significantly more fatigue, tension, and pain three months
    > later than those who were not anxious.(3)
    > * Among 102 women who had minor gynecological surgery,
    > those who expressed more worry before the procedure
    > displayed greater heart rate and blood pressure changes
    > before and during the procedure, were more difficult to
    > anesthetize, and were more likely to experience headache,
    > vomiting, and pain afterward.(1)
    > * Colon surgery patients who used guided imagery to reduce
    > anxiety before surgery reduced by half the amount of pain
    > and the amount of pain medication they needed compared to
    > patients who did not practice the relaxation technique.
    > Bowel function also returned about a day and a half sooner.(20)
    Encouraging talk as a placebo would do more good than prayer. Going and cheering her up is the best medicine; prayer will make her think she’s about to die.

  3. Yes,nothing is impossible for God. He said in His Word that without FAITH it is impossible to please Him. You, your aunt and any other born-again believers need to be in agreement(by that I mean get together by phone or in person) and state out of you mouths that this is what you are expecting, not wanting to know if He will, but expecting Him to do. He says that we can call those things that be not as though they were. Speak health into your aunts’ body. Did you know that God searches the world over trying to find that one with the faith that He may move on their behalf? Once He has healed her, be sure to give Him thanks and the Glory. I know first hand what it is like. My mother had a brain tumor the size of a grapefruit the doctors said. The road to her recovery wasn’t instantaneous. But I can say that thru prayer, the Lord and her doctors, 9 years later she is still here. She is not the mother that we knew before, SHE IS BETTER. I give God the glory and the praise for that. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for I know Him and who He is. May God Bless Aunt Cee Cee and you.

  4. Yes.
    Here’s my Mi Sheberak for your aunt:
    May the One who blessed our ancestors —
    Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
    Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah —
    bless and heal the one who is ill:
    May the Holy Blessed One
    overflow with compassion upon her,
    to restore her,
    to heal her,
    to strengthen her,
    to enliven her.
    The One will send her, speedily,
    a complete healing —
    healing of the soul and healing of the body —
    along with all the ill,
    among the people of Israel and all humankind,
    without delay,
    and let us all say: Amen!


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