"Oh, For a Faith That Heals!" That’s the title of a recent mental medicine update about a study by Thomas Oxman Associates. The study found that patients undergoing open-heart surgery who receive strength and comfort from religion were three times more likely to survive than those who had no comfort from faith!

Responding to the article, Everett Koop, former Surgeon General, made this statement:

It's good for the body as well!

People who have faith have a different world view from those who do not have faith. They believe in the sovereignty of a God who makes no mistakes. And they believe, as Robert Browning expressed, "Our times are in His hands. Trust God. See all. Don’t be afraid.”

A connection like this to our Father in Heaven is not only good for the soul, it’s good for the body as well.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results (James 5:16 NLT).