When you’re dying, don’t just pray for a miracle

A new study finds that prayer may help people survive their last days.

In a new study, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that people who said prayers for a miraculous cure during their last hours were more likely to be alive and in good health.

“I think the reason for this is because prayer and prayer alone don’t bring miracles,” said lead author Jonathan Ziegler, PhD, a psychology professor at the school.

“[People] can experience the same pain that is the pain that the rest of us experience, the pain of dying.

We don’t need to pray for this pain.

We just need to experience it, and we can do it, Ziegles, who presented his findings at the American Psychological Association annual meeting, said in a statement.

The study, which looked at data from more than 7,000 people, found that those who prayed at least once during their final days were significantly more likely than those who did not pray to survive.

This was true even when the prayer was not accompanied by a physical or psychological effect, the researchers wrote.”

People are better able to feel their own pain, and they are better at seeing through the pain,” Zieglers said.

Dr. Ziegels study also found that the prayer had a strong impact on survival, even among people who had a long history of poor health.

People who prayed for the miraculous cure were less likely to have chronic illness than people who prayed less often.

This was true in the absence of other factors that could affect survival, including poor health, and was particularly true for people who were older and more likely in the minority group.”

It seems like prayer, at least in a brief time of prayer, has the power to really change people’s mindsets and make them feel better,” Ziegers said.”

That was our finding.

People were more inclined to believe prayer, but not for reasons that we could explain.

“Ziegler said he and his colleagues are currently testing the effectiveness of the prayers in other situations, including when a patient is suffering from a debilitating illness or is suffering a terminal illness.

The researchers noted that some studies have found that prayer improves health, but that their study was the first to find a direct effect on survival.

They are currently working on replicating the study with other researchers, they said.

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