Government Money on Prayer Research According to a 2006 New York Times article, “the government has spent more than $2.3 Million dollars on Prayer Research since 2000.”

Hot Topic Another article, published in Skeptic Magazine, notes that this heavily researched issue is “widely considered to be one of the most scientifically rigorous in an emotional area fraught with heated debate. Its findings surprised not only clergy members, but also the researchers themselves.”

Not Just Government, but Private Sectors As Well Since 2000, 10 private studies have been conducted on the subject of prayer.

Columbia University In a recent study doctors and scientists at Columbia University conclude that “Prayer seems to almost double the success rate of in vitro fertilization procedures.” It goes on to say that “evidence from other prayer research has found this method to be most effective.”

Some Doctors Endorse It In one study, Dr. Benson’s work “emphasizes the soothing power of personal prayer and meditation.”

Prayer Research Is On The Rise Another study quotes Bob Barth of Silent Unity Prayer Ministry saying, “We’ve been praying a long time and we’ve seen prayer work.  We know it works, and the research on prayer is just beginning.”

Compelling Research Topic for Years A recent article in Science Daily Journal says, “Intercessory prayer has been the subject of scientific study since at least the nineteenth century.”