In the column entitled "The Editor's Letter," sent to the...

Daily Times

In the column entitled "The Editor's Letter," sent to the Pekin Daily Times on June 21 and 22, there occur some references to Christian Science obviously written in a friendly spirit, and with a desire to present facts. However, the editor has made several statements which require an explanation, and I shall appreciate the opportunity of bringing these to the attention of your readers.

In one letter a statement is made that Christian Scientists believe that "whatever one asked for he could get if he prayed for it and believed, while praying, he would get it." This is not in accordance with the facts as understood by Christian Scientists. They do not pray for "things," but accept as a basis of prayer Jesus' statement, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." In other words, Christian Scientists pray for a clearer understanding of God and of man in His image and likeness, for purer desires and unselfish motives, for more Christlike love and patience. In proportion as they do this with confidence, their prayers are answered, and the "things" necessary to meet their daily needs are also found to be at hand.

January 30, 1937

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