“To say “God made me win,” also means, “God made the other guy lose.”
It reminded me of this meme.
Here’s something else to think about:
The largest and most scientifically rigid study on prayer to date, costing $2.4 million dollars, was paid by the John Templeton Foundation and the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation of Memphis. The study, named STEP (Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer), investigated patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery at six major U.S. medical centers.
Three congregations were recruited to do the praying. One Protestant and two Catholic monasteries. They were given the names of the patients. The majority of the heart patients believed in the power of prayer. They were evenly split into three groups.
One group received no prayers. A second group received prayers after they were told that they may or may not be prayed for. Patients of the third group were told that others would be praying for them starting the night before surgery, and continuing for two weeks after surgery.
The three congregations used the same intercessory prayers—asking the Christian god for “a successful surgery and a quick healthy recovery with no complications”. After 30 days, researchers went through the results.
Patients who knew that others were praying for them fared worse than those who did not receive such spiritual support, or who did but were not aware of receiving it. The doctors found increased amounts of adrenalin, a sign of stress, in the blood of patients who knew they were being prayed for.
“We thought that the certainty of knowing about the prayers of outsiders would reduce complications that accompany bypass surgery, but the results were paradoxical.” ~Dr. Jeffrey Dusek, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School
So, in essence, the effectual fervent prayer of the so-called righteous believer does not availeth much. If it did, prayer would be as illegal as steroids in sports, and heart patients would get better, not worse, after intercessory prayer.