USA Today recently discovered that people find prayer as effective as drugs for the relief of pain.  The survey was sponsored by USA Today, ABC News and the Stanford Medical Center.  The bottom line is that more than half the respondents to the poll said they used prayer to control their pain.  Of those, 90 percent said it worked well and fifty-one percent would say it worked very well.  This is almost identical to the results reported by those who said they used prescription drugs.  No other technique came even close.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.