I truly do believe in prayer. When you commune with God, God hears you. I think that there have been a lot of studies done on prayer. How when individuals pray for others, the prayed for groups do remarkably better. Being brought up in a very Catholic home, my cousins and other family members whom I don't really see very often, prayed for me. And if your friends are there to support you, ask them for their prayers. To keep you in their good thoughts, that benefits you when you have a healing challenge.