More Americans Are Praying When They Get Sick

05.25.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  More Americans are praying when they get sick an interesting new study shows. The number of people praying for their health jumped dramatically between 1999 and 2007-- a 36-percent spike-- according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Comparing data from national health surveys given by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999, 2002 and 2007, researchers found that prayer in response to health concerns rose to 49-percent in 2007, up from 43-percent in 2002 and just 13-percent in 1999. The study's lead author wrote that, unlike the surge in those attending worship services after 9-11, the increase in prayer seems to have no direct motivation.