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The Pamela Positive: The Economist Reports: Prayer Keeps Us Together

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A new report from The Economist came out last month that people who prayed specifically for their partners were more likely to stay committed and faithful than those who prayed in general.
 
First, the study examined if prayer had any effect at all.  There were some very interesting results.  For those who thought positive thoughts about their partner, or who prayed in general, there was  a stronger likelihood that their marriage would last.  However, there were different levels as to how prayer and positive thinking affected fidelity.
 
The test group who was asked to think positive thoughts about their partners were more likely to stay married than the control group.
 
The group which prayed in general for their partners was more likely to stay married than those who thought positive thoughts about their partner.
 
And the group who prayed specifically for their partner was more likely to stay married than those who prayed in general.
 
So it sounds like the effect of specific prayer can have a profound impact on the health of our marriages. 
 
It is certainly a low-cost and available to us all resource for any of us involved in a significant commitment.  And as The Economist says, “People [who have] worried about potentially cheating spouses may find praying together a better safeguard against adultery than checking mobile-phone bills and scrutinizing credit card receipts…[A message] that builds trust rather than destroying it.\”