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People turning to the power of prayer

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Deputy Dempsey before he went into surgery on Wednesday. (Source: Amy Dempsey) Deputy Dempsey before he went into surgery on Wednesday. (Source: Amy Dempsey)

Greenville County Deputy Dave Dempsey came through his final brain surgery Tuesday at Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

Dempsey was shot in the head in Dec.of 2015 when responding to a suspected robbery call. Despite medical challenges, he is recovering well and the Dempsey family credits the power of prayer for his healing.

But they are not alone in praying for healing.   

Many people pray when facing health problems. According to a recent study, about 80 to 90 percent of people asked said they prayed for themselves or others when faced with health issues.

Deputy Dempsey’s wife, Amy, says she prays daily and recites Bible scriptures to her husband while he’s healing. 

"I would sit beside his bed and pray and pray, reading scripture to him, just keeping the air full, the whole room full of God's word."

According to a survey out of Baylor University, interviewers talked with 1,700 people on the phone. They found 80 percent pray about health problems, 90 percent of those responding pray for the health of others. 

Amy Dempsey, as well as the Pastor of Freedom Church in Mauldin talked to us about the power of prayer.  Pastor Muse said, "Sometimes the power of prayer is God being with us through the most difficult time of our life.   I think a lot of times, we think if God doesn't answer suddenly then he didn't answer my prayer."

Pastor Muse also said, God's timing is the power of prayer. The Baylor survey also found that in addition to prayer for health concerns, people also sought regular medical care.   Baylor professors who did the survey - were overwhelmed with the results.  Now, they have plans for an additional study about prayer and health.

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