The way in which believers communicate to God

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To whom should we pray? To the Father or the son Jesus or the Holy Spirit? [closed]

While praying how should we pray? Should we praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and to whom should we ask? To the Father or the Son or the Holy Spirit? John 14:14 (ESV) says If you ...
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What is the origin of holding hands when praying around a circle before a meal?

My impression is that, among many Christians, people around a table saying a prayer thanking Jesus for a meal hold hands with one another. What is the origin of this practice, and are there any ...
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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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Is prayer effectively second-guessing God? [closed]

If one were to accept that God has a plan and that His will is to be honored, isn't hoping to sway God's plan for the future disrespectful? -- Update -- A lot of these answers are across the board, ...
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Making a vow and defaulting - is there forgiveness? [closed]

Sometimes we make vows to God that are hard for us to keep and the Bible advised (I couldn't remember this portion: Hosea or Malachi - and Google didn't help too) that we should not be rash when ...
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How have Christians dealt with “I prayed my way to moral behavior”?

I was in discussion with some friends about sin. I believe that passages like "Be Perfect (Mt 5:48)", as well as many of the other tough sayings from Jesus, inform us that the continuing standard is ...
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What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?

In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus says: “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come ...
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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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“Ask and you shall recieve” Can we ask for anything?

I bet I've got it wrong but does "ask and thou shalt recieve" mean we can ask for anything and recieve anything? In which case, could I have a 'wish-list' of things I want glorified in heaven? Like ...
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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 is the history behind Angelus prayer?

In Roman Catholicism the faithfuls are supposed to say Angelus prayer thrice a day and at designated time of the day. When and how saying of Angelus came into being and what is the history behind it?
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Praying for someone's salvation. Is there a point? [closed]

According to I Timothy 2:4 (NIV), God "...wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth". But since we have free will, God cannot make us choose to accept the salvation that is ...
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Debtors vs. Trespassers

I converted to the Presbyterian faith from a Catholic upbringing a while back and have always wondered - but never had anyone to ask - why Catholics use "Trespassers" in the Lord's prayer (Please ...
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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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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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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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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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Why did Protestants abandon Liturgy of the Hours?

In Divine office or Liturgy of the Hours as it is practiced in Catholic Church there's nothing bad for Protestants (or at least nothing of which I know that Protestants consider bad); prayer is good ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic prayer be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? During recitation, should the Catholic recite by chanting the verses or by singing with a catchy melody? Is it a sin to use ...
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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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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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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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What exactly is a “Hail Mary”?

The practice of a saying a "Hail Mary" is often referred to in colloquial speech, sometimes as a way to caricaturize Catholics. References to the practice instantly conjure up images of Catholicism, ...
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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 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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Did the Christian practice of having a prayer before Bible study evolve during Martin Luther's time?

In Eric W. Gritsch's book, A History of Lutheranism, he reports, He memorized whole portions of the Bible (available in the Latin translation of St. Jerome, c. 348-420) and used various existing ...
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What is the origin of praying hands folded?

I was taught in Sunday school to pray hands folded. On the other hand, there's no biblical mention of the practice (as far as I know). It actually doesn't seem to matter which position we pray in. ...
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Does God Answer Every Prayer Asked In Jesus' Name?

In John 14:13-14, Jesus says the following to his disciples: And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, ...
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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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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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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 are Christians sure that prayers to Jesus are answered when “Jesus” wasn't the name he used? [duplicate]

Let me explain the question. The Jews consider Moses and Abraham their main prophets, and they pronounce those two names in the same way that those names were said during their lifetime. So if a ...
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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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Which God do Muslims pray to according to Catholic, Orthodox and main-stream Protestant tradition?

Which God do Muslims pray to according to Catholic, Orthodox and main-stream Protestant tradition? They believe that God cannot be One and Three at the same time. They believe that God can only be ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did God come down so hard on Job?

There is a video/workbook series on prayer by Phillip Yancey (which I highly recommend) (and based on one of his books) that talks about how we should pray openly about all things. It even says that ...
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Do these Scripture say that prayer along with fasting is more powerful than either alone?

I am aware that Jesus placed much emphasis on both prayer and on fasting. And I am not really sure that the following Scriptures call for doing both at the same time, but it can be taken to believe ...
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What is the purpose of Prayer? [closed]

We are having a lovely discussion in chat about the purpose and efficacy of prayer. I am of the opinion that God has a plan and the future is completely set. However I also believe that you should ...
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Is prayer an integral part of worshiping, or is it possible to worship without a prayer?

This question is a multiple-tradition overview question, which means that all kinds of views on the matter from all various traditions that are present in Christianity are welcome. Is prayer an ...
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Vain Repetition in Prayers, What Does it mean?

Matthew 6:7 New Living Translation "When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and ...
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Pre-Vatican II Latin Prayer

I'm new here, I was just wondering of someone knows what books were used for English catechesis prior to the 1960's in English speaking countries. I'd like to teach my CCD kids a few prayers in Latin ...
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Why do folks clasp their hands and bow their heads when praying? [duplicate]

Is there a reason, other than humility, that we are taught to pray with bowed heads and clasped hands? Other religions, such as Judaism and Muslim – even with the variety of Pagan pantheons – raise ...
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Why is “in the name of Jesus Christ” usually used at the end?

In the scriptures, a phrase such as "in the name of the Lord" or "in the name of Jesus" is typically used at the beginning of statements, especially commands. In our day, I notice that most of our ...
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Can we pray from any position?

I enjoy praying lying in bed just before I sleep ... until I fall asleep. In church I usually pray with my hands simply by my side or even with my hands in my pockets. I just let them stay wherever ...