Can prayer protect us?

The current pandemic has not been without positive “side effects.” One of these is people rediscovering the benefits of prayer, according to a Wall Street Journal article entitled “The Science of Prayer” by Elizabeth Bernstein (May 17, 2020).  

The article centers around empirical evidence of prayer’s positive impact, which is encouraging to read. But what brought home to me prayer’s present reemergence was a young New Yorker explaining how prayer brings her a feeling of being protected as she is out walking in a city “ravaged” by the coronavirus. She said, “When I bust out a quick prayer, especially out loud, I feel a shift inside myself from tension and distrust to a more trusting, hopeful feeling.” 

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