Genetics of Prayer
There are numerous ancient and current Christian, Jewish, Buddhism and other formalized religions that document accounts of how prayers can positively change the human condition on both emotional and medical levels.
Supernatural is Biochemical
As a biologist, I am curious about the various impacts that other disciplines, such as science and otherwise have on the natural functioning of organisms. A few years ago, these curiosities lead me to purchase Bruce Lipton's book, The Biology of Belief. Finding the subject matter highly interesting with a desire to know more, lead me to reading two addition books, titled: Molecules of Emotion and The Wisdom of Your Cells. All of these books are extremely fascinating reads. I encourage you as a scientist to skim through one or more of them. In fact, there is such a wealth of information contained in these books; I am on my second reading.
It Couldn't Hurt
These books, (as well as others I am sure) seem to strongly suggest with anecdotes and scientific evidence, that faith in something larger than a human is somehow linked to the wellness state of being (i.e. health). This belief can positively affect the outcomes of medication, treatment and surgical interventions of patients at the subatomic molecular level.
The authors suggest that praying for assistance from God or a higher power is very common amongst all religions. They also suggest that this calling out -- if you will -- has positive outcomes for patients and their significant others. These suggestions come from many prestigious institutions and medical leaders across the globe. There has been and continue to be research and investigations to support the healing value of prayer.
None of the authors are advocating the practice of prayer as a solo intervention. Instead it seems that they are encouraging prayer as a complimentary addition to the conventional medical treatments.
Unseen Forces Wants You to Read More
As with anything and everything, there are always antagonists. Such is the case in the medical arena which advocates prayer. But because alternative therapies are becoming a bigger part of the healthcare industry for which we work, again let me suggest -- if you have not already done so -- that you take the time to investigate some of the written work available. I literally stumbled onto (Or was I "lead" to?) the books I mentioned above and found them all interesting and thought provoking.