[The above is substantially the text of the program released for broadcast the weekend of March 29-31 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You," heard internationally over more than 800 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. 52 - The Meaning of Prayer

[This is the first of a special group of programs on the subject, "The Values We Cherish," in which some basic elements of the Christian religion are being discussed.]

HOST: What does praying mean to you? People of most religious faiths agree that prayer is important in worship. We all cherish the right to pray according to our conscience. But how many actually do pray? And how many are satisfied that prayer can really correct a situation?

Our age is not noted for reliance on prayer. The tendency to brush it aside as having no value in everyday problems is a matter of concern to thinkers in many religions. For example, in his book "What Is Vital in Religion" Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick writes: "We may worship God on Sunday, but what do we need of him on Monday? So we believe in God on the surface of our minds, but in real life we do not practically count on anything except our own competence and skill." [Copyright, 1955, by Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated, New York.]

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