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Prayer is a petition (a request) to God, a god, or a higher being. 

Prayer helps cope with illness, stress and anxiety.  Prayer also promotes a positive outlook and helps provide a strong will to live. It also helps people feel better and stronger.

Studies show that people who are religious have a lower risk of alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, mental illness and risk of suicide.

Prayer takes many forms and can be practiced in many ways. For instance:

  • Prayer can be silent or spoken aloud. 
  • Prayer can be alone or in a group. 
  • Prayer can occur anywhere. For example, in a religious setting, at home, or in a field.

You can pray for yourself, for some one else, or some else can pray for you.

Whether prayer helps if it is done by other people to benefit you, or by you to benefit other people, is being studied.

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