(11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
(12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
(13) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
(14) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Theses are Jesus’s direct words according to John. There’s not “he sometimes says no” or anything else. Jesus says if you ask him for something he will do it. Reading further you’ll find it’s because the Father loves you because you keep his commandments.
So why didn’t Joyce get her puppy?
There aren’t many predictions that are in the Bible that are easy to test. Heck, I’d settle for it changing things in a statistically significant way. I mean Jesus says he’ll do anything, you’d think it would be simple to find some measurable difference.
Well they have done exactly this. They have had entire churches full of people praying for patients in a hospital with a control group and a double blind experiment. So, how did God make out? I mean to me this would clearly count as evidence there was a god if it worked. But if it doesn’t work, then Jesus was clearly mistaken or a lier. Either way it would mean he’s not what the Christians claim. So let’s get on with it, what did the experiment say.
According to a large study, praying for sick strangers has absolutely no effect on their health. In fact, it found that patients who had undergone heart surgery and knew that people were praying for their recovery had more health complications as a result.
That’s right folks. Jesus was wrong. You can try to twist the result around however you want. The line says what it says and there are similar lines a couple of other places. There’s nothing there that would enable it to be taken any other way. You can look at all the context you want.
There’s no measurable effect from praying at all. In fact, the prayer group did a little worse than the control once they knew about it. Oddly that’s come up in a couple of other experiments. When people pray for you, you figure you must really be sick and it adds stress and more post operation complications. The placebo effect can work both ways.
This is pretty easy to find other sources for. If you like the Times a little better they covered it too: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?ex=1301461200&en=4acf338be4900000&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss