All forms of sincere prayer have this common characteristic: they are an effort by men to communicate with God. They evidence some reverence for, and some desire to be heard by, the divine source of man's being.

Communication with our fellow men concerning the matters that go to make up our daily interests is rapidly improving. Delay in reaching someone thousands of miles distant is becoming less, If from Boston I telephone a friend on the Pacific Coast, the operator no longer says, "I will call you back," but she says, "Just a minute," and often the connection is made as quickly as though I were calling my neighbor a block away. This improved service we regard as an expression of intelligent progress. It could have been done centuries ago if thought had awakened to discover and use the forces now employed. Should one not be able to be heard of God as quickly as by men?

Surely it is far more important for each individual to improve his way of communication with God, from whom he is deriving his life, his consciousness, his abilities, his individuality, and his health. It is important to overcome delay and interference in becoming conscious of Deity, and to eliminate what may in the past have often seemed to be something like a poor connection.

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July 5, 1947

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