A BBC reporter looks into the healing power of prayer and is oddly unimpressed.
“Can I put my hand on your face?”, asks Alun Leppitt.
Alun is the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Southampton. He’s a burly man who works as a video editor to pay the bills, but his passion is curing people through the power of prayer. I don’t have much wrong with me apart from a nagging mouth ulcer, but he’s willing to give it a go.
“We command this mouth ulcer to go, in the name of Jesus,” he says, palm on my cheek. “We command any pain, infection or trauma to go.”
I don’t like to disappoint Alun, but I can’t feel any difference. He has two more attempts but there’s no change.