[Following is the text of the program of the above title released for broadcast the week end of April 16-18 in the radio series, "How Christian Science Heals," heard internationally over about 600 stations. This is one of the weekly programs produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston 15, Massachusetts.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 31A - What Makes Prayer Effective?

On this program Mrs. Clara S. Harsh of Rochester, New York, told of her own experience, as follows:

Well, it appeared to be hopeless. I was on what was believed to be my deathbed. My physicians and surgeons had said that a complication of diseases, including severe ulcers, was so acute that nothing but an operation would help me; but they also said that I was too ill to live through such an operation and that I could not live without it.

From childhood I had been taught to pray. At first I prayed to God to help me; then as I grew steadily worse, I prayed to die. As neither of these prayers seemed to avail, I was just awaiting the hour of release from suffering. One day a friend, who had been healed the year before of a stroke of paralysis through Christian Science treatment, came to remain with me an hour while my family was away from home. She saw how much I was in need and asked if I would like to have her call a Christian Science practitioner. I replied that I knew nothing of Christian Science and that I would not like a stranger to call on me at that time. So she sat quietly and bowed her head. I began a few minutes of peaceful sleep, which I had not had for weeks. Upon awakening, I was without pain and asked my friend what had happened.

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Of Good Report
April 24, 1954

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