The August issue of Simple Grace features an in-depth interview with Dr. Michael Guillen, a former Harvard University professor and ABC News science editor, where he opens up about how science informs the way he approaches prayer. Here, he shares the scientific way he knows if he's following God's plan
As a former Harvard University professor and ABC News science editor, Michael Guillen’s life is all about asking questions. But unlike many experts in his field, Michael uses science and prayer to find answers. This morning Michael prayed for his neighbor who’d been gravely injured and is in the ICU.
“I said, ‘Lord, I plead for his life, but no matter the outcome, I trust You,’” he shares. “I believe God heard me, not only because of the peace in my heart but also because of a basic scientific discipline that I apply to prayer called transmission theory. It simply states there must be a transmitter, a good connection and a receiver to achieve any type of communication. Because prayer is a form of communication, we can apply various principles of the theory to improve our connection and communication with our Lord.” Here, Michael explains one of the ways he uses science to enhance prayer.
"When I inadvertently go against God’s plan, His voice and mine become dissonant—like a pair of tuning forks vibrating at different frequencies—and it plays out in my life as stress or fear,” Michael says. “But when I’m in line with God, it’s like how if two forks have the same frequency, you can strike one and the other vibrates spontaneously in sympathetic vibration. This feeling of harmonious resonance tells me I’m on track.”
For more of Dr. Guillen's prayer wisdom check out the August issue of Simple Grace, on-sale now. You can find more of his thoughts in his new book Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree."