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The Meaning of the Term ``Profound Prayer'' as Used by St. Faustina?

Entry (860) in the Diary of St. Faustina reads as follows: There are times in life when the soul finds comfort only in profound prayer. Would that souls knew how to persevere in prayer at such times. ...
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In Christian mystical traditions, is it common to pray for the manifestation of God's power and glory?

There are a few examples of this kind of yearning in the Old Testament: Exodus 33:17-18 KJV 17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace ...
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What is the biblical basis for encouraging non-Christians to pray for God to "reveal Himself"?

In diverse contexts, I've encountered encouragements aimed at seekers, skeptics, non-believers, and non-Christians in general, urging them to pray to God, beseeching Him to "reveal Himself" ...
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What potential factors could explain why a truth-seeking skeptic might fail to undergo a conversion experience? [closed]

I posted a question on Philosophy Stack Exchange titled Is the Skeptic's Prayer a legitimate scientific experiment?. Please review it for contextual information. Numerous responses, predominantly from ...
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According to proponents of the Skeptic's Prayer, how much detail and specificity can be added to its conditions and expectations?

The "Skeptic's Prayer" is introduced on page 411 of Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith, by Peter Kreeft & Fr. Ronald Tacelli. The Skeptic's Prayer ...
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How do proponents of the Skeptic's Prayer counter arguments challenging its legitimacy as a scientific test?

I have previously asked two questions about the "Skeptic's Prayer": Is there scriptural support for the "skeptic's prayer" as a legitimate plea that God might be open to ...
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How do "skeptic's prayer" advocates address the objection that the prayer is unnecessary because belief is a decision?

In my prior question, Is there scriptural support for the "skeptic's prayer" as a legitimate plea that God might be open to answering?, several responses concurred that this form of ...
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Is there scriptural support for the "skeptic's prayer" as a legitimate plea that God might be open to answering?

The "skeptic's prayer" was relatively recently brought to my attention by an answer to one of my questions on Philosophy Stack Exchange: More in the vein of Schellenberg's argument above, I ...
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Has Hanna of 1 Samuel 1 been a subject of study as role model of personal prayer?

In 1 Samuel 1:9-15 we see the childless Hanna speaking to the Lord: 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the ...
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From where did Loyola borrow the idea of “spiritual inebriation”?

Anima Christi, the famous prayer of St Ignatius Loyola has this verse: "Blood of Christ, inebriate me". Clearly, it is not the physical inebriation, but the spiritual one that Loyola had ...
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Specifics of nightly prayer

I typically read the Bible and pray every night but over time my prayer has become long and very structured and in some ways forced with me saying the same things every night and the same established ...
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Is there a name in Christianity for free prayer vs book prayer?

I can't help but notice how, for example Eastern-Orthodox only pray prayers that are written in books. Either by saints, or clergy, etc. While for example Methodists pray freely, formulating their own ...
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Montfortian Consecration to the Virgin Mary and Prayers with Requests?

I am consecrated to the Virgin Mary through Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort's method. Although I have read his treatise on the matter, I find myself in a situation that I hadn't considered when ...
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Are prophetic revelations that come to mind during prayer distractions?

Are prophetic revelations (e.g., "I am Who am." to Moses or private revelations) that involuntary come to mind when praying distractions to prayer? St. Thomas writes (Summa Theologica II-II ...
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According to Catholicism, can study be prayer?

St. Thomas Aquinas studied (and prayed) continually. It has been said that study became prayer for him. According to Catholicism, is study a form of prayer?
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Do any Christians claim there is there more merit in one's facing the east while making a prayer?

We see in Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV) how the Wise Men from the East came to visit Infant Jesus, saying that they had seen his star in the east. But, there is a small issue here: if the Wise men had seen the ...
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What are some of the reasons why Catholics would feel more drawn to focus on pius devotions than the Psalms?

It seems to me that most Catholic lay people do not focus on the 150 Psalms (found in the Bible) in their daily prayer life. It seems that many focus on pious devotions instead. I have always felt ...
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Since God allows Satan to exist, why should we pray for him to be crushed?

I am reading An exorcist tells his story, and in it the author discusses a prayer by Pope Leo XIII: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of ...
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Why does the Trinitarian Formula start with "In the NAME…" and not "In the NAMES…"?

Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. In the Trinitarian Formula, we invoke the NAME (singular) of the Three Persons of the Trinity. In English we say: "In the ...
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Ex-muslim, How to pray?

I converted to Christianity about 3 years ago and since then it's a "work in progress". I do pray once a day for a short time. I feel like I'm not devoted enough. When I was Muslim there ...
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Are you aware of any statistical evidence for the benefits of prayer?

Assuming that most Christians would pray for help in time of need, is there any statistical evidence for better outcomes among Christians compared to other groups? For example, a Christian would ...
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Is praying futile given that God respects our Free Will and is omniscient?

If God respects our free will and doesn't interfere in our decisions, why should we pray for things (petition)? For example, if I pray for my daily bread, God cannot force me to go to the store, buy ...
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Quote source for St. Leopold Mandić on Continual Prayer

In many places, here for example, I have seen (pretty much verbatim): Father Leopold often said that whatever we do on earth, we should do it in the presence of God, then our whole life will be a ...
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What is the merit of praying for the souls of the faithful in purgatory compared to for the living?

From the preface by the publisher to Rev. Schouppe's Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints: Our suffrages or offerings for the dead are more agreeable to God than our prayers and ...
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Is there a "Church Approved" alternative text for the Hail Mary?

The quintessential part of the Hail Mary prayer is certainly the first two sentences coming straight from the Gospel of Luke and as I understand it, the second petition part was a later composition ...
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Does the bible command us to pray three times a day or how many times a day we should pray?

The Bible is very detailed on a lot of things (ie salvation, sin, morality) but does the bible command us to pray three times a day or tell us how many times a day we should pray?
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What is a better virtue to ask for than self-control? [closed]

Self-control, even though it is praised in the Bible as something wonderful, and even though Proverbs warns of the consequences of not having it (Proverbs 25:28) looks less and less like a foundation ...
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Does the Holy Sprit prevent one from praying for those to whom the intended prayer is of no use?

We read in Jn 11:5-6 (NRSVCE): Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. We ...
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How many prayers (to Heaven) by believers are in the 66 books of the (Protestant) Bible? Are any literally addressed to anyone except God?

I have counted over 200 prayers by believers (though not being thorough in Psalms) but find none addressed to anyone else in Heaven but God, or exhortations to do so. While support for this is ...
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How can the congregation know whether a hymn is also a prayer after Mass?

I recently heard that at the end of Mass, if the recessional hymn has the form of a prayer that the priest is supposed to remain at the altar until the hymn/prayer is done. I'd imagine this is ...
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Did the Early Church Fathers believe in praying for the dead?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe that praying for the dead is not only deeply rooted in the scriptures but also the apostolic church (ie the church fathers), but did any of the Early ...
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In the Catholic Church, does the private Act of Contrition require a specific prayer?

I'm aware that there is a specific act of contrition read in confession. However, when one seeks to make a private act of contrition (such as in the case where a mortal sin has been committed but a ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

According to the New Testament of the Holy Bible, what is the interpretation of the phrase "may his/her soul rest in peace. RIP"?
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What are Christian apologetics refutations of the objections posited by the site: Why Won't God Heal Amputees?

The site: Why Won't God Heal Amputees? Relevant quotes: Is God real, or is he imaginary? Is God real, or is he imaginary? It is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. If God is ...
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Why are transgender prayer requests "too far"?

Many theologians have said that transgender people shouldn't pray that God would change their sex because God doesn't make mistakes. But, every petitionary prayer is based on the premise that you know ...
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Asking for help or saying thanks? [closed]

I ask for help from the good Lord every day to assist me in my daily endeavours. I also say thank you to the good Lord for the assistance he has provided since the last time I spoke to him. If time ...
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Does God ever answer prayers from non-believers?

Does God ever answer prayers from people that aren’t Christian or even from other religions? From what I see, it looks as if Scripture tends to say no. For example: We know that God does not listen ...
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Is it sinful to be a "prayer squirrel"?

My question arises from a preacher's Facebook post condemning the practice of being a "prayer squirrel" (i.e., getting distracted while praying). He offers the following as an example of ...
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What are the differences between the various Liturgy of the Hours volumes?

I'm guessing there are other publishers, but I'm speaking specifically about the Catholic Book Publishing English version of the Liturgy of the Hours. I was on a retreat last weekend where we used ...
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Is there a biblical theory that tries to explain the mechanism of prayer?

I ask this question because there are some verses that imply that, although God hear our prayers immediately, there is some kind of bureaucracy in heaven that causes a delay in the answer to our ...
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When to repeat antiphons during the Liturgy of the Hours?

I've been praying the Morning and Evening prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours pretty consistently for the past few weeks. I've got the four volume set. I'd been praying the Invitatory for Morning ...
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Does Our Lady purify our intentions?

Does Our Lady purify our intentions? For example, if one says a Hail Mary with mixed intentions (e.g., with the intention to please himself, though also with a virtual intention to please God), does ...
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According to Catholic Scholars, what did the original text of Agnus Dei read as?

We read in Leviticus 16: 7-10 : He shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats, one lot for the Lord and ...
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Is there a prayer to God for the supplicant to believe in Him? [closed]

Is there a prayer to God for the supplicant to believe in Him? I've not studied Christianity barely at all, and am interested in whether there isn't any, and what that means, especially in comparison ...
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According to Catholicism, can Satan read lips?

According to Catholicism, can Satan read lips? Generally speaking is Satan and/or the Demons capable of reading lips when we speak. What if we simply mouth our prayers while we are praying? Can he ...
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According to Catholic scholars, is Satan privy to our prayers, and can he act on them?

During the discussions of a group comprising members of different denominations, a Catholic friend of mine stated that he had strong belief in fruitful intercession of saints. A Non-Catholic member ...
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Have other group visitations of the Holy Spirit similar to Acts 4:23-31 been reported in church history?

Acts 4:23-31 (ESV): 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices ...
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According to Christians who believe that we cannot pray to Jesus, are we allowed to communicate to Jesus via song?

I know there are some Christians who believe that praying to Jesus is not allowed, and only praying to God(the Father) is allowed, such as certain Biblical Unitarian groups who teach that Jesus was ...
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Does the Catholic Church recommend `pestering 'God with intercessions?

We read in Lk 18:1-5: Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for ...
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Do Muslims pray like Christians should?

This is how it's mentioned in the Bible: Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and ...
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