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Philemon 1-21

Power of Prayer

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Philemon 1-21

Power of Prayer

By Lois Parker Edstrom

In today’s lesson the apostle, Paul writes to a friend, Philemon and he says, “I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers” (1:4).

Paul gave thanks to God and he also prayed for his friend. Do you ever think about why we pray?

I learned recently about an experiment which shows why it is important to pray. Patients in a hospital being treated for heart problems were divided into two groups. One group of patients was prayed for and the other group was not. The patients did not know about this experiment and neither did the doctors who took care of them.

After the experiment was over, everyone was amazed to find that those patients who were prayed for got well faster and had fewer things go wrong than the patients who did not receive prayers.

One doctor, who saw the remarkable results, now devotes his life to telling others about the power of prayer to heal people.

This lesson reminds us to pray for each other, just as Paul prayed for his friend. Pray often for yourself, your family, friends, and even people you don’t know and “thank God always.”

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan