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Protestants do not see that Christ ever instructed his followers to pray (only to baptize) "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". On the other hand, Christians are repeatedly called to invoke the name of the Lord: To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together ...


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First, it is valuable in this answer to distinguish between the pious practice of individuals, and small groups of believers, on the one hand, and the official formularies of the larger group, on the other. It may be that among Roman Catholics, there are those who use the full Trinitarian formula to begin and end an individual prayer, and perhaps every ...


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The earliest may not be easy to find, but I'll put a marker down. St Ephraim the Syrian, who died in 373, prayed: Ye victorious martyrs who endured torments gladly for the sake of the God and Saviour; ye who have boldness of speech towards the Lord Himself; ye saints, intercede for us who are timid and sinful men, full of sloth, that the grace of Christ ...


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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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The point of this passage is that the petitioner is asking for Mary, Theotokos, to pray to her Son, Jesus Christ, to assist them at that time, and at their death. It is hoped that her prayer and support will assist with the life of the petitioner, and assist them with grace to meet the Lord with final perseverance and strength. While the process of death ...


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Protestants believe that Jesus wants them to pray "in Jesus' name" and they would cite the following verses to warrant their belief: John 14:13-14 ESV Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:26 ESV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the ...


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First of all, God is the one who decides which prayers he answers, not us. I take it for granted that he hears all prayers, and it would be presumptuous to say prayers addressed to X go unheard. Nevertheless, Christ taught that we ought to pray the Father, in his name. Let's just do it and not wonder whether he will answer other people's prayers or not. ...


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There are very few issues on which "Christians" would come to (near) unanimous agreement about, but there is a high probability that you've found one here: Could the OCD behaviours of an atheist be (legitimately) considered as prayer? 99.9% of Christians would say No. cf. Matthew 6:5-15 for what actually does constitute Christian prayer.


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The difficulty in answering this question is that the liturgy of the early Church was largely oral in nature, and so we contain virtually no records from the early Church itself regarding what it exactly did in its own liturgy. Contrary to the author who posted the quote you use, if we have evidence of the Lord's Prayer in use even several centuries later ...


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I can think of at least one good reason why Daniel faced towards Jerusalem while praying. Solomon made this prayer as part of the dedication of the temple - "And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, forgive" - ...


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When you say "truth" I'm going to assume you mean eternal truths, such as the existence and nature of God, the legitimacy of scripture, and the gospel of our Saviour. James gave this counsel on asking questions: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ...


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Prayer is central to receiving spiritual truths from God since by prayer we humble ourselves to a state where the Holy Spirit works effectively in us. However, are we able to discern if the answer we receive is from God's Spirit or an evil spirit? God in His wisdom has warned us: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are ...


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Forgiving others is very, very important. Firstly, we emphasize the primary importance of love in the life of a believer: The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 TImothy 1:5 NIV Compare also the well known Great Commandment. The vital importance of forgiving others is made manifest ...


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I am a WELS Lutheran. The idea that we refuse to pray with other Christians is a carricature of us. It is not totally accurate. My pastor says that public prayer is always off limits but private prayer is something that requires a bit of discretion. I have a good example of something that happened in our church. The parocial school that is attached to ...


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Joyce Baldwin's commentary on Daniel says (pg. 129): Verse 10 supplies welcome evidence concerning prayer habits during the later biblical period. Windows . . . open toward Jerusalem is a literal understanding of Solomon's petition [at the dedication of the temple], 'When [foreigners] hear about your great reputation and your ability to ...


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After further study, I'd like to add to LoveTheFaith's well-quoted verse. In the same prayer, Solomon also appear to have prophesied that the Jewish nation would be carried captive by their enemies due to their disobedience. Solomon foretold that the people would after repent and pray toward Jerusalem in their desire for deliverance and to return home, and ...


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Probably the best example to refute the Protestant objection on this point is Revelation 4:8. Revelation 4:8- “And the four living creatures had each of them six wings; and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” The ...


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Saint Jerome (347-420 AD) spoke of the practice with approval, saying: "If the Apostles and Martyrs, while still in the body, can pray for others, at a time when they must still be anxious for themselves, how much more after their crowns, victories, and triumphs are won!" His wording indicates that it was a common practice at the time: so there is ...


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JESUS prayed publicly even from the cross... "FATHER forgive them for they know not what they do!" If no one had heard it, none could report it as a prayer!


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Both Jehovah's Witnesses and LDS have different meaning of God and Christ, so their understanding the the very nature of God differs from the rest of the christians and from each other. Jesus in Jehovah's Witnesses views is created by God. Whereas in LDS, Jesus is born and is first of many sons. Not to mention that Jehovah for LDS cosmology is Jesus. See ...


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Disclaimer: I am unsure whether this answer fits your intended meaning of "mandatory" or "obligatory". LDS members are taught they should have daily scripture study and prayer. In fact, in the handbook for missionaries, "Preach my gospel", scripture study and prayer are listed in the chapter about commandments, to be taught to potential converts before ...


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Most Christian traditions (I'd not like to speak for all) would say yes, prayer involves more than supplication. TEC (The Episcopal Church in the USA) outlines various forms of prayer in its catechism: What are the principle [sic] kinds of prayer? A. The principle kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, ...


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The mere fact that this youtuber thought Amen-Ra was a Roman God speaks greatly about the quality of his videos. Some unbelievers seem to see a pagan behind everything a Christian does. Old English, from ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew 'āmēn ‘truth, certainty’, used adverbially as expression of agreement, and adopted in the ...


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The use of the "Amen" comes from the last word of the most used Bible Translations. The word itself in the original Greek is Amēn Ἀμήν⧽ Amen from the Hebrew which means "true". The following is a quote from Smith's Bible dictionary. A'men. Literally "true" and used as a substantive, "that which is true",. "truth", Isa_65:16, a word used in strong ...


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Euan Cameron says, in Interpreting Christian History, page 126-7, the early Church had no cult of saints, but around the time of the persecutions, Christians began to commemorate their martyrs, to inspire their successors and protect their memory. A little later, some Church Fathers decided that the saints must still feel the same concern for the faithful ...


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I think the Biblical model of meditation is not to do with emptying your mind, but on filling your mind with the good things of God. There are plenty examples in Psalms: Ps 119: 15 I meditate on your precepts . . . Ps 119: 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Ps 77: 12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty ...


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Amen is a derivative from the Hebrew verb aman "to strengthen" or "Confirm". The word Amen is one of a small number of Hebrew words which have been imported unchanged into the liturgy of the Church, propter sanctiorem as St. Augustine expresses it, in virtue of an exceptionally sacred example. "So frequent was this Hebrew in the mouth of Our ...


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The first case of prayer to the departed saints is documented in the divine liturgy. In the divine liturgy of St. James the Just the priest pray, [G]rant that our offering may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit, as a propitiation for our transgressions and the errors of the people; and for the rest of the souls that have fallen asleep ...


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It certainly doesn't have to include supplication. My 2-year-old daughter regularly prays: Thank you Jesus for my food. Amen. There's no supplication there, but it's certainly prayer. Romans 11:33-36 is also a prayer, but it's praise and adoration, with no supplication. Similarly Romans 16:25-27, or Psalm 8.



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