[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of January 5—11 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 301 - Youth Asks Some Questions About Prayer

Announcer: College students are encouraged to explore and question. In the area of religion, young people want to know more. They are interested in reasons and results. Some want to know how they can evaluate their own prayers and what effect these prayers can have on their lives and the lives of others.Questioner: From my experience in college I know that students are dissatisfied with many of the old concepts of prayer. I think some want to know how they can evaluate their own prayers and what effect these prayers can have on their lives and the lives of others.Speaker: There definitely is an answer. And I think all of us can find it if we honestly and deeply examine why we pray, to whom we pray, what we pray for, or what we expect from prayer.

We're certainly on the right track when we pray as spiritually mature a prayer as the Bible tells us young Solomon did after he assumed a position of great authority. His prayer was in these words (I Kings 3:9): "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad." And the answer that came was that "God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore" (4:29).

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