I've often wondered how prayer validates itself as a worthwhile activity to those who rely on it for healing and protection, with regards to diabetes and honestly, all other ailments. My main problem with the idea of prayer being efficacious stems from this absolute but undeniable fact:
God has never healed a Type 1 diabetic of Type 1 diabetes.
Furthermore, no Type 1 diabetic has ever experienced a spontaneous remission of the disease. Indeed, no Type 1 diabetic has ever been cured by any means other than a "man-made" transplant.
The question that undermines belief in prayer the power of prayer is obvious: if God does heal through prayer, why does he refuse to heal Type 1 diabetes, in every instance? Given the millions of people who have died from it, particularly those struck before the discovery of insulin in the 1920s, are we to believe that not a single one of those people of whatever fraction turned to prayer for healing at some point could be granted such? The odds are staggering. I suppose an alternative, if one is to maintain a belief in the power of prayer to heal, is that Type 1 diabetes is actually a (permanent) punishment from God, but then we have the problem of those struck with the disease in infancy and very young childhood, not apparently having committed any act worthy of divine retribution.
Perhaps there is another reasonable alternative I am missing in my analysis.
If prayer is not useful in treating Type 1, then the time spent doing it is time lost that could have been spent doing things that are proven to mitigate the effects of the disease- exercise, blood glucose tests, self-education, etc.. Does a feeling count for anything? If I feel like doing 10 push-ups in the morning improves my blood sugars, but years of testing show no benefit, can I claim those push-ups do anything for my blood sugars? Yet people are often taken at their word when they claim divine healing through prayer and what may be a harmful habit is encouraged.
I do not mean to offend those who are religious. But the idea of repeating anything over the long term that never proves fruitful seems to be the very definition of futility to me.