I read this on free republic written by Emma Young and it is amazing that they use science to prove God’s power, that His power exists and that prayer is a potent tool to access the thrown of grace and answered prayers. Please read:-
Prayer can double the success rate of IVF treatments, according to a double blind study published in the respected Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
A team in the US asked groups of people around the world to pray for pregnancy in one half of almost 200 women undergoing the fertility treatment in South Korea. The prayer groups were given only photographs of the women, and the women were unaware of the study.
Despite controls for age, length of infertility, type of infertility and number of prior attempts to become pregnant following IVF, 50 per cent of the women who were prayed for became pregnant, compared with 26 per cent of women in the control group. An independent statistician in the US had randomised the women into the two groups.
“Several factors are known to either positive or negatively affect the success of IVF procedures. The majority of physicians however would not consider prayer intervention to be one of the them,” write the team, led by Rogerio Lobo at Columbia University in New York. “We set out with the expectation that we would show no benefit of prayer.”
Power of prayer
The study took place between December 1998 and March 1999. The 199 women were aged from 26 to 46 and were treated at the Cha General Hospital in Seoul
Members of various Christian denominations in the US, Canada and Australia were given photographs of half the women, in batches of five at a time.
They were asked to either to pray directly for an increased pregnancy rate in these women, or to pray that these prayers would be effective. The prayers continued throughout the three-week course of IVF treatment.
The fertilisation rates in each group of women were similar. But the embryo implantation rate was significantly higher in the prayer group. The number of multiple pregnancies was also higher in this group.
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