I’ve prayed for many of my patients. Since we humans consist of mind, body, and spirit, I believe this connection is a necessary component in caring. There have been studies done that show people who are prayed for have better health outcomes. It has also been shown that those who have spirituality in their lives have a greater sense of fulfillment. Olver, I., Dutney, A. (2012). A randomized, blinded study of the impact of intercessory prayer on spiritual well-being in patients with cancer. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 18(5):18-27.
Cancer affected me on every level, including spiritually. I remember one particular time I tried to read the Bible but couldn’t. The words didn’t seem to penetrate and frankly, I think I was angry at God. Why did this happen to me? Thankfully, God sent an army of people to help. I was on many church prayer lists and had enormous spiritual support. A co-worker set her watch to beep during the time I was getting chemo so she could pray for me. A spiritual warrior from church prayed for me constantly. People I didn’t even know were praying. Honestly, there were times I could feel people’s prayers. It gave me such comfort.