Does Prayer Help or Harm Your Health?

Does Prayer Help or Harm Your Health?

Christian reality TV star Jessa Duggar Seewald recently shared three videos by Baptist pastor John Piper, one of which calls anxiety a sin. Several Instagram commenters and at least one blogger were not happy with the implication that people could “pray the anxiety away.” For many people, prayer is an integral part of their faith. And there’s research showing that prayer has some health benefits. But experts say substituting prayer for medical treatment, especially with serious conditions such as anxiety and depression, can lead to years of struggling and more serious complications, including death. A number of studies have looked...

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