What is Prayer?

Category: Others

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See also: Anointing and prayer by others Faith Prayer/meditation

Prayer is an active effort to communicate with a deity or spirit either to offer praise, to make a request, seek guidance, confess sins, or simply to express one's thoughts and emotions. The words of the prayer may either be a set hymn or incantation, or a spontaneous utterance.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 203 35
spiritual enlightenment 98 19
Uncomfortable 89 9
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 44 3
Support spiritual health 38 14
Anxious mood 28 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 125

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Prayer

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 1
Compulsive behaviors 1
Emotional stress 1
Peace and Joy (yes, joy) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Prayer

Dosage Patients
30 min daily 18
1 other daily 5
2 hr daily 5
10 min daily 5
15 min daily 5
daily 5
5 other daily 4
5 min daily 3
3 hr weekly 2
0.5 hours daily 2

See all 39 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Prayer

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Other 4
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Duration

Currently using Prayer

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 63

Stopped using Prayer

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 75
Usually 42
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 108
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 58
Not specified 74
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26 patient evaluations for Prayer

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper's full Prayer history

Nov 7, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 1978)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I believe prayer come with a cost or it is meaningless.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Fz950
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Fz950
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Nov 2, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1971)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for spiritual enlightenment)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
slicky
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slicky
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Nov 23, 2014 (Started Oct 31, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 17, 2013 (Started Oct 31, 1988)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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