Prayer has been purported by some to be very powerful. Others disagree. Yet, there are studies that show definite positive psychological effects, such as improved marital relationships, life and religious satisfaction, existential well-being and an overall purpose for life. It has also been found to be an indicator of happiness (Freeman, 2009)
Some other beneficial effects from prayer include a reduction of stress and pain. People pray for many different reasons. For one, it may be spiritual or religious. For another it may be a medical diagnosis such as cancer or AIDS (Freeman, 2009).
Prayer has been called 'mystical' to some because they do not understand it. Whether they try to understand or not, prayer has a power that really is beyond describing in scientific terms. In some, prayer assists to decrease the intensity of pain or the excruciating emotional events taking place in one's life. One thing is sure, however, and that is the reduction of anxiety, stress, and pain making dealing with life much easier.
Freeman, L. (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine (3rd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.