This Is the Opposing View + Personal Evidences1)
Study Yields No Evidence for Medical Efficacy
of Distant Intercessory Prayer:
A Follow-up Commentary
by Gary P. Posner, M.D.
Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html
Not to mention the Royal Family, the most prayed for family in England, has no better health then average Joe (bar the benefits of money).
Prayer does not help people. Else the world would very simply be a better place.
Claiming that the answer is always yes no or maybe is a fail-safe. It provides the illusion of prayers being occasionally answered while others are held back for mysterious reasons.
Think of the people you know, do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad? Do good things happen to good people and bad things to bad?
If you really think about it, you'll find no relation there either. Good and bad people (Depending on what those definitions mean to you) receive both good and bad things from the chaos of the world around them.
It is a fallacy to think you are helping anyone by imagining things better for them. It is not because you are a bad person that bad things happen to you.