[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of June 16—22 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. 272 - Does Prayer Accomplish Anything?

Questioner: In this scientific age students no longer think of God as the "Old Man in the Sky," so it can seem presumptuous or naïve to pray. What does prayer actually change?

Speaker: Prayer changes the only thing that can be changed, and that's us, you and me. It changes the individual—his thinking, attitudes, desires, what he wants to accomplish with his life. Genuine prayer, as we understand it, is not an attempt to change or influence the will of God. It's rather a sincere opening of the heart to let God's will express itself more clearly in us.

The Apostle Paul said (Rom. 12:2), "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

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June 24, 1967

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