Several months ago, Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto, a renowned RI College Professor of Biology, sent the following Blog for Park and Pray affirming it as an everyday prayer that “is a cleansing and healing spiritual practice.” He retired, June 2017 after 34 years of service. Dr. Matsumoto is a remarkable liver transplant recipient, whose method of transplant contributed to the advancement of science. Matsumoto joined a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he became one of three patients to participate in an experimental method of organ transport. Lloyd and his wife Terry are members of Beneficent Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto appreciates the power of prayer through his own personal experiences and relationship with God. His high risk surgeries and significant medical and surgical challenges didn’t change his commitment to pray daily. Lloyd believes God’s grace and his faith in the Divine saved his life. Prayer is a staple in his life.
Scientific Evidence Suggests Prayers Positive Effect
In 1988, Cardiologist Randolph Byrd conducted a landmark study at San Francisco General Hospital on the positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer on cardiac care patients. The control group or patients who did not receive intercessory prayer required ventilator assistance, antibiotics, and diuretics more frequently than patients in the Intercessory Prayer group. This study and other data suggest that a prayer mediator or intercessory prayer to the Judeo-Christian God has a beneficial therapeutic effect in patients admitted to a CCU. This study laid the ground work for other related studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3393937
Try the A-C-T-S Prayer Method
Adoration Loving God you're amazing! Confession Merciful God I confess my sins and ask forgiveness. Thanks Lord I come before you with praise and thanksgiving Supplication Almighty God help, save, heal and bless me. I ask in the powerful name of my Savior, the Christ. Amen.
Prayer Chants (spoken repeatedly):
The Jesus Prayer – “Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me.”
A Prayer for Mercy & Thanks – “Lord have mercy.” and “God, we thank you.”