Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you believe that praying will help you out of a bad situation? Medical research has actually been done on the subject. Results showed higher survival rates for people with cancer when they prayed and had others pray for them as opposed to those who did not pray. Personally, I believe that prayer has some power, but I don't believe it's going to get you everything you want. Praying to win the lottery so you don't have to work anymore, for instance, is fruitless. God isn't going to send the winning numbers your way unless it's something you need that's already part of His plan. I also believe that when we pray, we cannot ask for specifics. "God send me a new bike for my birthday and a pony for Christmas." Nope, not gonna happen. Generally when I pray, it's something along the lines of, "God, you know what I want and you know what I need. Help me to find the things I need at this time." (He knows what I want, but I'm not about to ask for it because I don't believe it's His will to give it to me.) God will throw you a bone every once in a while, but generally if we don't truly need something, His priority isn't going to be giving you that new Lexus you're salivating over. That said, I do also believe in the power of plain old positive thinking. Having the right attitude, envisioning yourself reaching your goals, and believing that you can achieve them all tend to be more conducive to success. In that light, I think prayer and positive thinking are very closely related. If you go into something thinking you're going to fail, you're probably going to fail. Prayer tends to give people hope and thus leads to more positive thinking which will hopefully lead to success. I think many people lose faith in the power of prayer because they ask for too many specifics and they ask for things they do not need. If God was going to grant every request for winning lottery numbers and fancy cars, having real faith in Him would lose signifigance. People would instead be faithful because they'd think it would just be an easy means to getting what they want without working for it. I don't believe God works like that. He gives you just what you need when you need it, and sometimes what people need is nothing more than a little bit of tough love. Thoughts? Opinions? Do you guys even pray? Does it work?