[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of January 27–February 2 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over approximately 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 252 - Prayer and the Spiritual Healing Movement, Part I

Questioner: There's a surprising amount of interest currently in books on religious experiences. I suppose this may indicate a willingness to reexamine just what prayer can mean in today's world. But still, wouldn't you say that many people are inclined to feel that a serious interest in prayer as a means of coping with actual life situations is either naïve or completely out of touch with modern developments?

Speaker: Many people must feel that way, but perhaps that may be partly due to an inadequate concept of prayer. If you look on prayer as a sort of emotional safety valve, then that would be the case. Or, if you look on it simply as asking God to intervene in some special way in human affairs, to set aside His ordinary laws and work a miracle, as it were, then one might well feel that way, because our age simply doesn't believe in miracles in that sense.

Questioner: In what sense would you say we believe in miracles?

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February 4, 1967

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