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From the November 1916 issue of The Christian Science Journal

As a factor of Christianity the purpose of prayer is that by its means men may become conscious in their present environment of the power and presence of God, and make practical the truth of man's unity with his Maker,—not in a mere intellectual or emotional sense, but as an individual demonstration and experience. Whatever fails of accomplishing this purpose, or that offers no certainty of its accomplishment, is not the manner of prayer which the Master taught and which lie so effectively used in his ministry.