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This Is Your Brain on Prayer James 5:13-20

This Is Your Brain on Prayer

Science is discovering what prayer does to our brains, raising questions of how it can heal us and connect us to God.

At a Glance

We begin with an old commercial involving an egg, a frying pan and a suggestion as to what our brains look like on drugs. Then we move to a doctor who's actually taken photos of what our brains look like on prayer. So what does it all mean? To address this question, we turn to the apostle James.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "What Makes You Cry?", September 28, 1997, at

Years ago, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America launched an anti-narcotics campaign with a simple, but compelling, television ad. A man holds up an egg and says, "This is your brain." Then he motions to a frying pan and says, "This is drugs."

He cracks open the egg, fries the contents, and says, "This is your brain on drugs."

Finally, he looks at the camera and asks, "Any questions?"

More recently, researchers have found that THC -- the psychoactive compound in marijuana -- can disrupt focus, memory, ...

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