Shedding Light in the Darkness

The Power of Prayer Across Space and Time


A 2001 study published in the British Medical Journal by Israeli Professor of Internal Medicine Leonard Leibovici used records of 3,393 patients who had developed blood infections at the Rabin Medical Center between 1990 and 1996 to study retroactive intercessory prayer.

To compound the alleged miraculous power of prayer itself, the prayers were performed after the patients had already left the hospital. All 3,393 patients were those in the hospital between 1990 and 1996, and the prayers were conducted in 2000 -10 to 4 years later.

The patients were randomized into two separate groups. One group received retroactive, intercessory prayer said by the same petitioner and the other was a control group.

Two of the outcomes, length of stay in the hospital and duration of fever, were found to be significantly improved in the intervention group, implying that prayer can even change events in the past. However, the “mortality rate was lower in the intervention group, but the difference between the groups was not significant.”

Leibovici concluded that: “Remote, retroactive intercessory prayer was associated with a shorter stay in hospital and a shorter duration of fever in patients with a bloodstream infection.”


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