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The Bible in no place says that you can possibly pray too much. In fact, it says just the opposite. Not only in the passage in Luke, but also in 1 Thessalonialns 5:17, which says we should be praying continually. Like most "contradictions' this one is simple to resolve by showing that the problem arises from taking verses out of context. (See Rules ...


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According to this answer to a question I asked on the Biblical Hermeneutics SE, the original New Testament Greek does not have a phrase like "vain repetition"; instead, the word used, βαττολογησητε ("battologesete") simply means "to babble" or "to sound like one who is stammering". The word is onomatopoietic, and the sense seems to be "using words [not ...


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I really like this question. It draws attention to an important point to be made, which is, of all the things explicitly managed by the Church, personal prayer is relatively low on the list. As a Catholic belonging to a predominately Southern Baptist extended family (most of them consider fried chicken a sacrament in lieu of potluck), I must constantly ...


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There is one God who has revealed himself in three persons. The vast majority of Christians across all major sects agree that Jesus is both the Son of God and God. This has been articulated many mays, but is not easy to explain in the confines of language. He is not the "son" as is a physical offspring as the result of sexual relations, but in another ...


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The answer to your question is in several Scriptures. In the book of Matthew He told us first of all that we should pray directly to the Father, and not for rewards here on Earth. Matthew 6:5 through 7 KJV 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the ...


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What does it mean to pray "in Jesus' name"? Is it a magical formula that guarantees that your prayer will be heard? For example: Dear God, please give me a new bike and a chocolate cake and a magical telephone and an elephant. Also, please kill all the bad people. In Jesus' name, Amen. Does that prayer make more sense because it has "In Jesus' name" at ...


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NEVER STOP PRAYING. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NLT) Christians should dedicate their whole life in prayer and in holiness. There is nothing such as "Praying too much". But ... There is a difference between praying from the heart and vain repetitions. When we say prayer, many Christians misunderstand it as asking something from God. Asking is not the ...


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One of my churches used this passage when requesting all men remove their hats during times of prayer: 1 Cor. 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. In certain cultures, it's possible that the hat is removed and head is bowed as a sign of respect and not necessarily from this verse.


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Long prayers are more convenient to end with the name of Jesus; Lord/Father I pray that you be with me as I am going to ...... And Lord I also pray that .... Lord I also need your grace in ..... [many requests]... ... All this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Short prayer or command is convenient to start with the name of Jesus; In the ...


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God does answer every prayer, but the answer may be “No, I don’t think so.” Mgr Robert Mercer said as much in a sermon (at the funeral of a priest who, gravely ill, died a few days after ordination): It goes without saying that we are disappointed that God gave no miracle of healing. Jenny and Philip went to Walsingham. They prayed. We all prayed. ...


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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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According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (in particular paragraphs #2673 through #2682 which explore the words of the Hail Mary) it seems as if the Hail Mary is considered a prayer. Here are a few excerpts: "Beginning with Mary's unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, ...


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According to Merriam-Webster, a mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating So I suppose that one might consider a Hail Mary or the other prayers used in the Rosary as a sort of mantra. Whether one would really want to depends on your view of meditation and meditative prayer. Merriam-Webster's Concise ...


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How many Gods do we have? One and only one! How many persons are there in God? Three and only three! Who are them? Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, NIV) Do we worship them separately? NO! Because they are ONE. ...


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Searched the raccolata for bacon and came up empty. So I'd suspect if there is any bacon blessing, it is a private devotion. Although its adherents are clearly numerous. The official organization who evaluates popular piety is the Congregation for Divine Worship. And you can read tons about its rules here. I'd imagine that if this prayer were made ...


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It is said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray continually, so you don't have to care about the positions of the body, because if you're praying continually, you pray in every position, so just pray in every moment.


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When Jesus said to go into your closet to pray, what he was saying is that your prayer is to be between you and your God. Please notice: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. The long and ...


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In the Catholic Church, there are two "types" of worship. On the one hand, there are the public liturgies of the Church (primarily the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours); on the other hand, there are all other devotions. These are known as private devotions, and, for the most part, are not subject to rules specifying how they are to be prayed. We see this ...


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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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This tradition was apparently begun by Paul as a sign of respect for Christ. 1st Corinthians 11:3 and 4 KJV But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. Paul also said that a woman ...


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Group prayer is powerful. Group prayer is natural. Group prayer is necessary. Christians are to grow in their faith by being in a community of believers. "Lone Ranger Christians" are out of place both in the body of Christ and in a local body of believers. We need one another. We complement one another. We exercise our spiritual gifts in the context and ...


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Group prayer is actually encouraged, but I have to mention that group prayer shouldn't replace private prayer. KJV - Matthew 18,18-20 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth ...


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Let's break down the scriptures you used. This kind... In Matthew 12:45 we read that there is a demonic hierarchy. Some demons are more wicked, or more powerful, than others. Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse ...


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I'm not sure if this is a serious question. It is true that the customary modern English pronunciation of "Jesus" is different from anything we'd have heard in first-century Judaea. However, the overwhelming majority of Christians would not worry at all their prayers being misdelivered to the wrong person. For one thing, there's no mechanism for prayers ...


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Many Christian groups practice this. It's quite common. So much so, that it's considered ordinary among many groups. It's especially common in Charismatic groups, but it's also found in more conservative groups such as Baptists. From Joyful Heart Ministries: To classic Pentecostals lifting the hands in praise and prayer is second nature, flowing ...


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This is not complicated; just Pray. We know that The Lord knows our heart, as he is all knowing. If you prefer to kneel or assume a biblical Praying Position that is fine. If you prefer Praying lying in bed, this is fine as well. There are many people who have no other choice but to Pray lying down. The quadrapelegics have found out that Praying to The ...


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I've wondered the same myself, especially during times when I'm watching a video of someone praying. However, technology allows people to communicate through Skype for instance. Which leads me to the belief that the spirit of unity and agreement is still legit. It may not be face to face, but it still matters, and there is still unity in that. For example, ...


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Matins and Vespers are prayer services prescribed for the morning and evening respectively, and the terms generally refer to services with particular orders of worship laid down in various hymnals used by the Lutheran denominations. However, while "matins" is an order of worship established for use in the morning, there are some congregations, and some ...


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I agree with Matt Gutting, and I would add that the direction of focus is an important difference. Disclaimer: I am answering from the Catholic perspective here, and my knowledge of other religions is not extensive. Edit, in response to people asking for a source. Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2708 reads: Meditation engages thought, ...


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The New American Bible (used at the Catholic Mass) uses the "Holy Hands" translation and that's a pretty 1-to-1 translation from the Latin puras manus don't know about the greek, but other Bibles translate it as hands that are sanctified which means the same thing, but certainly reads differently and might have a different connotative meaning. In ...



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