Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Power of Prayer
When it comes to the power of prayer, Americans have wide and varied views.
Some believe prayer helps to forge a personal connection with God... Others use faith to become a better person, find happiness or give their lives meaning.

Others use prayer to help with problems in their lives, or the lives of their citizens. This month, as the state of Georgia descends deeper into drought, Gov. Sonny Perdue has not only ordered water restrictions... he's called on a higher power. He joined lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a proclamation declaring a week in July as "Days of Prayer for Rain" to "humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady in times of difficulty."


Tonight we're taking you calls, comments and questions on the power of prayer.

Joining us will be Deepak Chopra, one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, and Mehmet Oz, author of "You Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty."

You can also click on the comments section below to share your thoughts online.
We'll be reading some of your comments during the show.

Tune in tonight at 10p ET for 'when' and 'how' to call.
Speak to you tonight!
Posted By CNNBLOG: 5:39 PM ET
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I very much believe in the power of prayers. I also believe that things happen for a good reason, no matter how bad they seem to us in the moment.
I think it's hypocritical to pray when in need only. Maybe there's a bigger lesson to be learned when your prayers seem to go "unheard".
Posted By Minou, New York,NY : 6:00 PM ET
I think prayer can actually make you feel better which in turn helps you to heal better. You know...the whole mind, body, soul connection. Where you think possitive thoughts which brings up your spirit which in turn makes your body react to your outlook.

And I do think there is a higher power who does listen and answers your prayers. Who is available to everyone that is willing to believe and call on him.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 6:11 PM ET
Ahh, the mind is a powerful thing to waste so why not use it in a positive way?
Our beliefs and our minds have great abilities that can not fully be explained in my opinion.
The power of prayer? you bet cha~
Together we can change ourselves thus changing the world.
Posted By BAT, Nacogdoches,TX : 6:24 PM ET
If we had more uniting in prayer the world might not be the shape it is today. Some seem to think rain is an insignificant thing to pray about, but God is concerned about what concerns us.
Posted By Kellie E-- St. Paul, Mn. : 6:30 PM ET
I don't think you need to be part of an organized religion to have faith. If being part of the Catholic church or the Methodist church or whatever church makes you happy, then you should embrace that. But I also think people should be respectful and tolerant of those of us who don't really want to be part of something like that. I would rather keep my faith private and let my outward actions and thoughts represent what I believe to be right and good. I do pray, and prayer is what got me through the death of my mother. Prayer still helps me cope with it even now-11 years after she died. I expect it will continue to be what I draw on for strength to live in the world without her. As to what being I pray to? God takes many forms in my mind and I know that he (she) is always with me. My sister lives in Atlanta and I hate that her community and so many others are having to go through this. The power of prayer is undeniable because it also illustrates the power of love.
Posted By Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 6:30 PM ET
I can believe in the positive effect of positive thought on the mind and body, a stressed or emotionally distraught person is not likely to rise above their ailments. However, I can't take the step into prayer because when it comes to relying on hope, the false or at least unproved (in my opinion) hope that prayer may instill is neither helpful or healthy.
Posted By patrick : 6:35 PM ET
If God is omniscient, then doesn't he or she already know what we what? I think prayer can have positive benefits upon the person praying, giving hope and a feeling of increased well-being. But as to whether it's going to change the weather, I am of a more rational mind. Prayer isn't going to hurt, but it surely isn't enough. If droughts are part of global warming, shouldn't we be addressing those problems?
Posted By Barbara in Culver City, CA : 7:36 PM ET
I think a lot of people are skeptical of prayer because people look at prayer as a wish list where we ask God what we think we need and expect to receive it. The importance of prayer is that God is there to listen to our concerns and wants us to allow for his will to be done. A lot of people might think it is a frivolous action to pray but in reality most people in America need to know that there is a higher power watching over them and they gain peace with that. A lot of Americans say that religion is irrelevant and nothing more than a crutch but sometimes we need support in life because there are going to be tough experiences along life’s journey. I don’t think anyone should feel guilty for praying and it is healthy to have a little talk with God daily.
Posted By Dusten, North South Carolina : 7:47 PM ET
Anytime people ban together for a common concern there has to be good but I wonder if leaving the nwork up to "God" is really the answer. Suppose it still doesnt rain...blame God? Nature has it's own way no matter what power you believe is a god's power..be real!
Posted By Anonymous : 10:13 PM ET
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