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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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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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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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What is the basis for the solicitation of prayers from dead saints?

How did the practice of soliciting the prayers of dead saints originate? Is it in the bible? The apocrypha? A papal decree? On a side note, which groups practice this type of prayer? I am ...
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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 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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Do those who pray to saints ascribe to them the quality of being able to hear many people at once?

I mean, there could be thousands of Orthodox Christians at this moment praying to, say, Saint Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg, and there could probably be even more of Catholic Christians praying ...
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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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To whom should we pray? To the Father or the son Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

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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Is the “sinner's prayer” important for salvation and why?

In evangelical churches the sinner's prayer is a very much emphasized aspect for someone to become or convert to being a Christian. In fact, most church services I attended growing up ended with the ...
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What is “intercession” and what kinds of “intercessory prayer” are there?

Different traditions seem to have different ideas about intercession. What are the major different types of "intercessory prayer" and which traditions employ them? If applicable to the definition, ...
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Why worship saints / Mary / Angels?

When John falls down in his knees to worship the angel, the angel tells him immediately to stop because he is just a worshiper like him, so all the glory is for the Lord. It is I, John, who heard ...
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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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Is veneration worship?

I answered this question calling adoration and veneration honor given to God and the saints accordingly. If you look at the edits for my answer, I think I had some confusion as to the terminology ...
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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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What biblical reasons are there for using the Lord's Prayer as a pattern for prayer rather than a prayer to repeat verbatim?

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave the disciples what we refer to as "The Lord's Prayer", (though Jesus Himself would never have prayed this, having no sin to confess). Some traditions use this prayer as ...
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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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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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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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What Biblical support for praying to the saints is usually cited by those Christians who practice that? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Praying to people outside the Trinity What is the Basis for the solicitation of prayers from dead saints I understand that those who practice praying to the saints rely ...
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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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How can I teach someone to pray?

So, the best question any pastor can be asked is "How can I learn to pray?" I know how I do it, but what resources (preferably in Scripture, although classic works are acceptable) would be useful for ...
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Scripted Prayers

Matthew 6:7 (KJV) 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. My understanding of this scripture it is ...
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Praying for someone's salvation. Is there a point?

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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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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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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“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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At what level of detail does God lead His children?

It seems that some people worry and pray about every aspect of their life, while others only sweat the big stuff. For example, I doubt any believer does not pray about whether they should marry a ...
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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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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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What does it mean to pray in Jesus' Name?

A few times in the book of John, Jesus instructs us to pray "in His Name". What does this mean? How do we know if we are praying in His name? How would we not be praying in His name? I don't ...
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Is it OK to question God about doubts?

Are there any biblical references that indicate that it's ok (or not ok) to bring any doubts to God in prayer?
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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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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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How are devout Christians viewed by other believers, when they are not delivered from “evil”?

If a devout Christian is not "delivered" in this life, how are they viewed by other Christians? For example, a black Christian pastor in segregated America, who truly loves the Lord, is killed by ...
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What isn't spiritual communion?

Spiritual communion is a prayer one can pray if they can't receive communion at Mass and it's a good prayer to pray if you're making a visit to a tabernacle outside of Mass. Sacramental communion can ...
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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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How does God speak today? [closed]

I've heard people say, "God has spoken to me." In the OT there were prophets proclaiming what God said. Sometimes in the Bible God speaks audibly (e.g. to Samuel). But today: in what way does God ...
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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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Do angels pray for us? [closed]

I was reading about henotheism and it hinted at the fact that some Christians believe that angels are intercessors. Quite simply, do angels pray for us? Can we ask angels for intercession?
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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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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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Why pray if God is omniscient? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the purpose of Prayer? What the question says, why do people pray if God knows everything?
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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 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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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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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, ...