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Though scientists cannot fully explain the reasons why, prayer, meditation, and attending religious services appear to have a positive impact on a person’s health. The National Institute for Healthcare Research says that the number of projects examining the relationship have doubled in the past decade. Researchers say they don’t know the exact correlation, but they have found specific health impacts including shorter hospital stays for people who attend church regularly, reduced stress which strengthens the immune system, a lower death rate from cardiovascular disease and cancer, a stronger motivation to help others in similar circumstances, and better coping skills when patients don’t receive what they asked for in prayer.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

7 ways having a little faith may keep you healthy, http://www.pennlive.com/bodyandmind/index.ssf/2013/03/7_ways_having_a_little_faith_m.html, Accessed March 3, 2013.

James 5:16 (ESV) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

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