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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?

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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How are prayer and asking the saints to intercede distinguished?

The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches encourage us to ask the dead saints to intercede for us. To quote from Software Monkey's answer to another question: First off, it's useful to understand ...
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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 ...
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Guilty Conscience for lack of prayer [closed]

When we don’t pray or avoid praying, is it like we are betraying God? Can the evil forces have an upper hand on our lives leading us into problems and create troubles and bad things will start ...
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Is there really a Catholic “blessing for bacon?”

The following appeared on my facebook feed today: The "what random things do we have short formulated prayers for" game is almost as funny as the "how many bizarre things do we have patron saints ...
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Can angels speak to us?

This is perhaps slightly related to this question, and specifically this answer which points out that "the worship of angels [is] false doctrine ... praying to angels arguably may not be worship, ...
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How do churches (specifically WELS) proselytize while barring all forms of fellowship?

So my question is about churches (or more specifically the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church) which bar all forms of fellowship (to include prayer) unless all points of doctrine are agreed upon. ...
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Did Jesus pray to God in the Gospel?

Did Jesus pray to God according to the prevalent Jewish customs? How did he pray to God? What does the Gospel say about it?
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Do any Christian groups regularly practice the “lifting up of holy hands” during prayer?

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling (1 Timothy 2:8) Are there any groups in Christian circles that take the part about ...
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What is the Rule of Prayer?

I often hear people thank God about how their prayer being answered such as in competition. But what I'm thinking is, the winner is not absolutely the only one that prayed. I believe everybody in the ...
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Is it ok to pray in public?

Matthew 6:6 (NIV) says: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Does this ...
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Praying with non-Christians as evangelism?

From Christianity Today, 07/02/02: Twelve days after the September 11 attacks, David Benke followed Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu clerics to the podium of a Yankee Stadium event to honor the ...
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What does “to pray” mean in Catholicism?

The general usage of to pray in non-Catholic religious settings seems to indicate worship of God, raising one's heart to God, and forms of reaching out or responding to God. However, we often hear ...
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What substitutes for prayers for the Pope's intentions during sede vacante?

One of the requirements one must meet to obtain an indulgence is to pray for the intentions of the pope. When there's no pope, what's the substitute? I guess it's the conclave and the next pope, but I ...
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Are there any specific rules on everyday life at all in Christianity?

Christianity seems to be one big category with a long list of denominations. To my knowledge, there is no "Christian language" in the same way as in Islam (Arabic) or Judaism (Hebrew) or Hinduism ...
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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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How are the persons of the Trinity distinctively active in a Christian's prayer?

Another way of asking this question is by saying, "When God interacts with praying Christians, how do the persons of the Trinity interact in ways that neither of the other two persons do?" I'm asking ...
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How does prayer and action affect God's plan? [duplicate]

Here is a scenario to explain my question. If God planned to give you a car on your 30th birthday but you did not pray for it, will he not give it to you? Or what if its not in his plan to give you ...
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Why hold hands for grace?

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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Do Roman Catholics believe Saints are omnipresent?

I understand that officially speaking when Catholics pray to saints, they are not supposed to really pray TO that saint, but rather are asking that saint to pray for them as you would ask any living ...
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Why isn't God mentioned in Esther?

As you may know, God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, either by name (Yahweh), title (Adonai), or being (El). Neither is prayer. Why not? I realize this is rather open ended, so I'll try to ...
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Why do we only pray for things that are possible to happen? [closed]

Why don't we pray for something that is impossible for natural phenomenon to happen. Like for example when a guy has a POLIO and his feet got amputated why don't we pray that his feet grows again ...
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Why does the Litany of Saint Joseph call him “terror of demons”?

A litany for Joseph, the husband of Mary, was approved by Pope St Pius X in 1909 (*). Most of the invocations are straightforward to understand, referring to his life (eg. "husband of the Mother of ...
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Why do we explicitly need to ask for help through prayer? [duplicate]

Since God is omniscient not only does he know all of our hardships but he also knows that we want him to help us through said hardships. Why do we explicitly ask for help through prayer?
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To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin?

The Catholic Church teaches, as I understand it, that a person may pray to a Saint, and this Saint will then intercede along with that person to God concerning the request (or something like that). ...
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How should Christians meditate?

In the recent years the word Meditation is used widely by everyone, and the word is used widely in non-religious context too. Should we, Christians meditate? If yes, what should we do while ...
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Are there designated circumstances for making prayer to Jesus and making prayer to God?

The vast majority of Christians believe that Jesus is God, however, they are also mysteriously separate beings, yet the same as well (the Trinity). It is acceptable to those same Christians to pray to ...
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Is there any record of a visual method of prayer in the Bible?

Some context: I am deaf, though I can hear because of cochlear implants. As I have been able to hear since I was about 6.5 years old, I have an internal voice like pretty much every single ...
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Do any Protestant denominations practice meditative or contemplative prayer?

Having read David's answer to How much are psalms and other prayers from Bible understood as actual prayer in Protestantism?, I wonder whether any Protestants practice meditative or contemplative ...
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How much are psalms and other prayers from Bible understood as actual prayer in Protestantism?

I know psalms and other Biblical songs are often sung as hymns, read and cited, but I wonder to which extent is this understood as a prayer by Protestants. To be more concrete, is the use of psalms ...
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How are doxologies formed for common prayers?

I'm not sure of the exact definition, but a doxology seems to be a prayer tagged at the end which consists of some sort of invocation of the Blessed Trinity. I'm just wondering if the actual words ...
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Praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private; out loud

For the laity, when praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private, is it more in keeping with tradition to you pray out loud or silently or does it matter? Also, do you change the way you repeat ...
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What translation does the Catholic Breviary of England use for Psalms?

I've heard that in England the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours uses a different translation for the readings from the U. S. (Specifically, the British use Jerusalem Bible in their liturgies ...
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What is the mental representation of God during prayer?

In the Bible, we find an internal representation of God, who is within us. For example: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke ...
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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

The problem i am submitting to you arises not about prayer in general but only about that kind of prayer which consists of request or petition.... I have no answer to my problem, though I have taken ...
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Making a vow and defaulting - is there forgiveness?

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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Are silent prayers heard?

Growing up in the church, silent prayers are pretty much part of how I pray. However, challenging assumptions, I'm curious to know how biblical this is. Every prayer I read about in the Bible is ...
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How much time did medieval Christians devote to prayer?

I was critiqued on this answer concerning it taking less time out of the day for someone to be a Muslim than a Christian, and that may be untrue for a majority of Christians today. But how much ...
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Purpose of prayer?

Let's assume both a non-believer and a Christian has a fever. The Christian prays to God for healing of his fever. The non-believer doesn't do anything. 1 week later both recover from their fever. ...
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What is the Biblical or traditional precedent or command regarding praying before meals?

A very common Christian practice is to "say grace" or to "give thanks" before each meal. What is the Biblical precedent or command for this? In other words, why do we give thanks then and not before ...
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“I will lift Your Name”

Lots of Christian Rock songs have a curious metaphor about "Lifting Your Name". Is this a direct reference to the words of St. Paul, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend (Phil 2:10)? ...
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What does the Bible say about how we should pray?

Context In Matthew 6:7-15, we see Jesus telling his disciples to not use vain repetitions as the heathens do giving a specific example of how to pray It's furthermore noted that prayer is a ...
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Why do some traditions recite the Lord's Prayer word for word?

Why do some traditions recite the Lord's Prayer word for word? I know a lot of Christians that do this, but I am having trouble understanding why. Is the Lord's prayer recited by anyone anywhere else ...