The Holistic Effects of Intercessory and Personal Prayer on Health: Determining the Possible Benefits of Prayer in Clinical Practice

Student: Elizabeth L'Esperance*
Mentor: Raja Staggers-Hakim
Major: Health Science

This review attempts to analyze the effects of prayer on all aspects of health including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Furthermore, it distinguishes the varying effects between two types of prayer including: intercessory prayer and personal prayer. Studies reviewed included various methods. The majority of studies on intercessory prayer were randomized controlled double-blind trials. On the other hand, the majority of the studies on use of personal prayer involve questionnaires and interviews. The results of the findings were mixed. However, the results more strongly demonstrate positive effects of prayer on mental health, thus benefiting health holistically.

*Honors Senior