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How do different denominations define what qualifies as prayer? [closed]

For the major denominations, such as Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Methodist, or other, how do they commonly and uniquely define what constitutes a prayer? Does it need to ...
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What are the biblical requirements for what is a prayer?

Are there any requirements for what constitutes a prayer based on the bible? My thoughts behind the question are, does a prayer have to be spoken out loud? Does any internal thought process get ...
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When did the early church begin reciting the Lord's Prayer in corporate worship?

I'm reading a book on prayer, and one of the claims that the author makes is that the Lord's Prayer was not intended to be recited word-for-word in corporate worship. Part of his argument relates to ...
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Can people pray with those from other denominations?

I recently read an interview with some Russian Orthodox priest, and he was very critical on the matter of common prayers with Catholics or protestants. Basically he said that in Russian Orthodox ...
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What does the Orthodox church consider to be the defining features of Christian meditation?

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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What distinguishes Christian meditation from the Catholic tradition from non-Christian meditation? [closed]

There are many different kinds of meditation or prayer, Christian and non-Christian. However, I am confused regarding actual difference because these varieties, both Christian and non-Christian, seem ...
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I have OCD, is my 'ritual' considered prayer? [closed]

Please bear with me while I explain the background before I get to my questions. I suffer from OCD (I also have a severe anxiety disorder, which may be relevant here). About my OCD: I am compelled ...
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Why do we thank others for praying for us? [closed]

It's not as if more people praying increases the probability that God will say yes. Should we not thank God for doing the answering instead?
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What is the purpose of prayer after a natural disaster? [closed]

This question is about the purpose and efficacy of prayer after a natural disaster. After something like the Nepal earthquake, our heart goes out to the people affected, all the people who have died ...
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Do prayers offered to anyone but God the Father go unheard?

What is the opinion of the LDS Church concerning prayers offered to Saints, Mary, and Jesus Christ? Are they simply vain words? Are they in anyway acknowledged? Is it considered unrighteous to pray to ...
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Does a person lose anything by just praying to God the Father all the time? [closed]

I have known many Christians to address prayers to Jesus, to Mary, various saints, etc. What if someone always simply prays to God by calling on His name, God? Or says "Our Father who is in Heaven" ...
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Origins of requesting prayer from people in Heaven? [duplicate]

I am wondering about the origin of the practice of people requesting prayers from people who have died and are assume to be in heaven (and also from angels)? I know catholics and orthodox will claim ...
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What are the theological implications of “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death”?

Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of ...
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Was it just Daniel who prayed toward Jerusalem or did all exiles do so?

While studying the book of Daniel I came across: Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he ...
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Where does “amen” come from? [closed]

Watched a video on YouTube. My first mistake. They were talking about the word "amen" coming from a Roman god Amen-Ra, I think. I thought "amen" just meant "to agree". How do people research this ...
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When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints?

When is the first documented case of Christians praying to the dead saints? (A point in comments was brought up that "asking the dead saints" does not mean "praying to the dead saints" as "prayer is ...
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Is all prayer supplication? [duplicate]

In Christianity is all prayer supplication, and if not, what else it at work? Supplication being as I understand it a sort of request to God. What prayers are unequivocally not requests, or nearly ...
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Why did Daniel feel the need to pray towards Jerusalem, even at the cost of his own life?

After Darius signed a decree which said that anyone praying to any god but Darius should be thrown into the Lion's den, Daniel goes and prays anyway. Daniel 6:10-11 ESV When Daniel knew that the ...
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What is the Biblical basis that prayer is sufficient as a way to recognize truth?

I have talked to many people who question the theology behind prayer as a way to recognize truth. A common argument is that people may get differing answers. What is the Biblical basis for this?
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What denominations obligate daily Bible reading and prayer?

It is my understanding that the default position within mainstream Christianity is that prayer and reading the Bible are key to promoting spiritual well-being and growth and that as such they are ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses not pray with people of other faith?

I had it happen several times that Jehovah's Witnesses refused to pray together with me, even though I offered that they say the prayer. The reason, according to them, was that they believe we don't ...
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Why do Protestants say: “In Jesus' name. Amen.”, whereas Catholics say: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”?

Why do Protestants oftentimes seem to say: "In Jesus' name. Amen.", whereas Catholics generally begin and end prayers saying: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ...
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Why does the Lord's Prayer instruct us to ask God to forgive us “as we forgive others”?

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He gave them this model commonly known as the Lord's Prayer. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. ...
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What's the Biblical basis for calling God by the name of Jesus in prayers?

I am looking for a Biblical basis for this practice. Can the answerers also state which denomination they are answering from? Jesus himself taught to pray to "Our Father who is in Heaven". But I see ...
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What is the prayer aim? [closed]

I have a simple question: why we should pray? We cannot assume that God is a wishes-machine and all what we need to do is ask Him for help (for example pray for heal us). God's plan is unknown and ...
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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven? [duplicate]

Why should Catholics ask the Saints and Mother Mary to take our prayers to God for us? How does the Catholic church know they can canonize "Saints"? How do we know the angels and saints will intercede ...
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What is the Scriptural basis for Catholics praying to Mary and the various saints?

While researching for this answer, I came across this quesion. In its answer it stated: Roman Catholics are taught to pray to Mary and various saints. Such prayers are not scriptural and are, in ...
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How does the Bible teach us to direct our prayers?

In a recent Pentecostal prayer meeting I attended, one member, who was a leader in the church, began his prayer with "Holy Spirit, please...", offering up requests for healing, instruction, and ...
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Why does God ignore amputees but listens to invisible disease patients? [closed]

So no matter how hard an amputee prays they will never get their arm back. But anyone with an invisible disease can pray to God and if it heals it is a miracle attributed to God and it is claimed that ...
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On what scriptural basis do some Protestants end their prayers “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”?

The question is being asked because Jesus teaches us to pray to the Father (Matthew 6:9) in his name (John 14:13-14). It makes sense on an intuitive level that one would supplicate one Person (the ...
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What's the point of a long, descriptive prayer? [closed]

Disclaimer: no, I'm not a Christian. I have quite a few Christian friends and some of my cousins are Christians. I went to Catholic school for my elementary, junior high and senior high school (the ...
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When can our prayers change God's mind/will? Is it wrong to pray against the will of God? [closed]

Firstly I believe that prayer can change God's mind. Like when Moses asked God to not smite the Israelites. But when can our prayers change the will/mind of god? I believe we have to pray that ...
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Praying for Jesus? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the meaning of prayers, But not just to see it as a communication with God, but more as a unity with Him. That's why I would like to ask if Jesus' mother Mary, or His ...
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Why do some Christains feel the obligation to remove their hats during prayer?

As far as I know, Judaism has no tradition of removing a head covering / hat during prayer. Therefore, the Christian tradition started sometime after the split and it is not an inherited tradition. ...
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If Jesus was God, then why did he pray? [duplicate]

I don't know much about Christianity so I was watching this video: Is Jesus God? I was stunned by the following things: At the start of the debate Stanley Sjoberg says Jesus is the Son of God. Near ...
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How is rosary different from chanting Mantra?

I'd like to know the Catholic teaching or opinion on rosary similarities with eastern religion prayers like chanting mantra. I checked something about chanting mantra and it uses the same way of ...
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What does the Bible say about praying too much? [closed]

I don't understand how these verses: "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be ...
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Why should we pray if God knows everything? [duplicate]

If God knows everything, then why do we pray? For example, my dad is in the hospital, and he's really sick. So I pray to God to help my dad get better. Doesn't God know he's in the hospital and in ...
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How is offering X Hail Marys not considered vain repetition?

So if the Hail Mary is a prayer and saying the prayer multiple times is encouraged in Catholicism, what established reason does the Catholic church give to justify it not being a vain repetition. ...
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When, how, and why did the Moravians stop praying 24-7?

The Moravians I speak of were a small group that established and resided in a small village named Herrnut on Count Zinzendorf's estate. They experienced a revival in 1727, and following that they did ...
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How does someone hinder their own prayers? [closed]

What are things that believers can do that can hinder their prayers and how do one's prayers get hindered or un-hindered? How does that all work? I know of at least one thing: being harsh with your ...
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How are Lutheran weekday “prayer services” different from “matins” or “vespers”?

From Wikipedia, matins: Lutherans preserve recognizably traditional matins distinct from morning prayer, but "matins" is sometimes used in other Protestant denominations to describe any ...
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Why do Protestants hold “prayer services”? [closed]

Why do Protestants hold "prayer services"? Since "prayer service" is an English term, are there equivalents in other languages? When did this service start? How did it get started? How are "prayer ...
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What do I do when watching a video of someone praying? [closed]

Every once in a while I'll watch a message on video and the person in the video starts praying. Sometimes I feel compelled to pray along with them (especially if there's a group of us watching it), ...
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Is the Hail Mary a prayer?

The Hail Mary is very often called a 'prayer'. Some Catholics like to distinguish between 'praying', which is only said to God, and 'asking' which is acceptable for the deceased saints. So is the ...
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Why do Christians pray to Jesus instead of to God the Father directly, and isn't it risky? [duplicate]

This question is for anyone who belongs to a denomination that supports praying to Jesus instead of praying to God the Father. I was always puzzled by why the vast majority of Christians choose to ...
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What biblical/traditional elements lead Catholics to believe that saints can hear our prayers?

There have been quite a few questions on the 'orthodoxy' of praying to saints, or rather asking them to pray for us1. Also questions on why Protestants don't/should do the same. My question is ...
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If Protestants won't ask dead saints to intercede because there is no mediator but Jesus then why do they ask living Christians to pray for them?

Protestants reject the Catholic and Orthodox practice of asking deceased saints to pray for them, and I think there are two main reasons why they reject it: it is communicating with the dead, and it ...
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Couldn't it be idol worship to pray to Jesus if he is not God? [duplicate]

God said that we shouldn't pray to anything other than Him. Otherwise it would be idol worship. That means Christians who pray to Jesus should not have an iota of doubt that Jesus wasn't someone else, ...
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History of Christian Prayer [closed]

I am interested in learning the history of Christian prayer. There are denominations in which people always stand up, take off their hats if they are men, and become silent, humble and serious as a ...