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The Power of Prayer is Tested: Does it work?

New website reaches out to Oprah, the Pope, Deepak Chopra, the Catholic Church, Buddhist, the Synagogue even fans of "The Secret" all big spiritual believers in the power of prayer.

Miami, FL, April 07, 2007 --( Whether you're Muslim, Buddhist, go to a synagogue, the Catholic Church or are a spiritual follower of "The Secret", growing research is supporting the theory that prayer and meditation works.

Author Jeff Rivera, the novelist behind the forthcoming novel, "Forever My Lady" says he has seen the power of prayer work first hand. "I've read the research that scientists and universities have done with prayer and I have experienced the power of prayer in my own life but as a spiritual experiment I thought I might try something."

He says he had a friend who was an immigrant and was waiting desperately for his immigration papers to go through for years and was becoming desperate and had talks of suicide. Rivera says he asked a group of 10 friends to all pray or use some form of meditation that his friend would get his papers and within a few months he got his papers.

That's when Rivera got the idea of starting his own website that would be a means for groups of people of all backgrounds all over the world to all focus on one person's prayer request and pray for them.

The idea behind the website is that a user joins the prayer circle mailing list at no charge, then submits his prayer request. The computer randomly selects the chosen prayer for the week and everyone on the mailing list, which could amount to thousands of people, gets the prayer and is asked to take 30 seconds out of their scheudle a week and pray for that one person.

"Oprah uses prayer, Deepak Chopra uses prayer, the pope uses prayer, so many spiritual icons use prayer. Prayer isn't just a religious thing or a meditation thing, it has science to back it up, and it works," Rivera says. is evidentally gaining a lot of support and is fast-becoming a tool spiritual people use to connect with others.

Rivera says it's important to note that the site isn't a religious site. "Oprah doesn't belong to the Catholic Church or the synagogue, she isn't Buddhist or Muslim yet she is a good example of someone who uses prayer."

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