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The best analysis/meta-analysis I know of regarding intercessory prayer has been conducted by the Templeton Institute, with a negative result. Thus, there is presently no statistical support for the belief that prayer will be answered in an obvious or measurable way. However, praying for intercession need not necessarily be done because you think God will ...


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There are a variety of things going on here. (FWIW, I'm an Anglican who holds to the Catholic faith, so I'm not explaining my own beliefs here. I'll try as best I can to give a fair account of others' beliefs.) Idolatry Many Protestants believe that prayer should only be directed at God and that prayer to anything else is ipso facto idolatry. To pray to ...


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I'm a Methodist now, so praying to Saints in a group setting is not done. I grew up Catholic, so I don't find asking saints to intercede on my or someone else's behalf unusual, for the reasons given on catholic.org. Here is one relevant bit: Do Catholics pray to saints? We pray with saints, not to them. Have you ever asked anyone to pray for you when ...


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I agree with Wayne Grudem who cites 1 Tim. 2:5 in answering this question. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (1 Ti 2:5). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society. Based on this we see clearly that Christ is the only mediator between Christians and ...


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I think the short answer is that there is Biblical precedent for this sort of intercessory prayer. Here are a few examples: 2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV) You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. Philippians 1:19 (ESV) for I know that through your ...


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There is, fundamentally, a problem in attempting to analyse results as evidence of intercession: correlation is not the same as causality; stating that "we prayed for him, and he recovered" is not the same as demonstrating "we prayed for him and this is what caused him to recover". He could have recovered through any number of routes: natural body recovery ...


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Intercession is not the same as mediation! As other answers have said perfectly adequately, there is plenty of biblical support for interceding for one another and the example of the Apostle Paul requesting this intercession from other (living!) saints; although there is no particular scriptural warrant to explicitly endorse asking for such intercession ...


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Excellent question: From good ol' dictionary.com, intercede means: to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to intercede with the governor for a condemned man. Using this general definition, we can come up with one that applies intercessory prayer. Simply put, it's "someone praying on our ...


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Personally I have no difficulty with this apparent contradiction. Rather I expect it. This may be because very early in my Christian life it was explained to my satisfaction. It has to do with our basic view of the nature of prayer. Prayer is our response to God after he has put his Sprit within us. It is a ‘spirit’ of prayer. It is our unconscious yearning ...


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Catholic understanding of 1st commandment as it relates to that passage: The first commandment forbids honoring gods other than the one Lord who has revealed himself to his people. It proscribes superstition and irreligion. Superstition in some sense represents a perverse excess of religion; irreligion is the vice contrary by defect to the virtue of ...


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This is the St. Michael prayer: Glorious St. Michael the archangel protect us in battle be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil, may God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou oh prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls. ...


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Philippians 4:6 tells us "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." In Acts 1:13-14, after Jesus ascends, we see "And when they (the Apostles) had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and ...


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In addition to lonesomeday's excellent answer I would also like to cite the following Scriptures where both Paul and James indicated that others should offer intercessory prayer for either them or others. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. In the following instance we see Paul asking for their prayers, to aid him in his work for the ...


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How do we know the Saints, the Righteous and the Holy Ones are alive and in heaven, and interceding? Old Testament 2 Maccabees 15:11-16 (RSVCE) 11 He armed each of them not so much with confidence in shields and spears as with the inspiration of brave words, and he cheered them all by relating a dream, a sort of vision,[a] which was worthy of ...


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The apostle Paul prays for the living and prays for other Christians. So it seems perfectly natural for Christians to ask for prayer from other living Christians. Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers James 5:16 - ... pray one for another ... Among many others which others have pointed out. I think the ...


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I don't know if this will help, but I tend to agree with your assessment that the answer you received doesn't do justice to the question. The typical response example that you provided doesn't, in my opinion, address the real issue. I do agree with the conclusion that it comes to, as my answer will show, but it is immensely unsatisfying because the way ...


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A randomized controlled experiment by Leibovici (2001) shows not only that remote intercessory prayer yields statistically significant results, but that it does so retroactively. The experiment studied the effects of prayer on 3393 people that had been in years before the experiment. As we cannot assume a priori that time is linear, as we perceive it, ...



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