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Questions tagged [prayer]

The way in which believers communicate to God

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The Glory Be prayer and consolation - Catholic Spirituality

Is there a Catholic author who discussed how praying the Glory Be prayer can provide consolation? I am looking for a book/article on that topic.
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Questions about what prayer is [on hold]

I have been trying to answer this question for some time. Many say "prayer is talking to God". However, many times I speak to God and in no way is my prayer as effective as Elijah's prayer. That is, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why should we pray if God has already decided the best future for all of us?

According to Roman Catholic Church, if God knows everything, including the future (which he does, if he's omniscient) Refer : What is the biblical evidence for God's omnipotence and ...
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Who changed the Fatima prayer?

From the Fatima prayer we read where Mary says: I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: O my Jesus, ...
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According to Catholicism, how can a relic help a sick person?

I took several holy cards to view and touch relics of the saints. Now do I keep the relic and pray for someone or give it to the person so that he/she can pray for healing?
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Why did Jesus ask for forgiveness?

If Jesus lived a perfect life, for what was he asking forgiveness when said the Lord's prayer? What "debt" or "trespass" had he committed that he felt needed to be forgiven? If he was just giving a ...
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Is there a prayer to rebuke storms at sea?

My mom comes from a family of fishermen and ship captains, the vast majority of all men in her city are still doing of those professions, I live in Lebanon, middle east. She told me more than once ...
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How is praying understood within the “Death of God” theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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How do I know when to cross myself during Mass (Novus Ordo)?

I've been going to Catholic (Latin Rite) Mass my whole life and am constantly surprised by the different times that people will cross themselves during the Liturgy. I only do it when the Priest says ...
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Why do Catholics venerate Our Lady? [duplicate]

This is a simple question. Why do Catholics venerate and pray to Our Lady? God says not to do it.
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Modern Hesychasm in Christianity

There is a hindu contemplative tradition called self-inquiry, where a seeker of God asks "who am I?" to expose the person as unreal (a collection of self-image, body, identification, etc.) The ...
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Did St. Anthony of Padua write the “Be Satisfied with Me” prayer?

There is a prayer floating around online called "Be Satisfied with Me" that starts off as follows: Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, To have a deep soul relationship with ...
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According to Jesus in the New Testament, where by name are the three places one ought to worship God?

Someone in The New Testament mentions two places where one ought to worship God. Jesus says that in the Messianic Era neither place will be where one ought to worship God. Which are these two places ...
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Are there any trinitarian Christian denominations that believe one should only pray to the Father, not to Jesus?

Are there any trinitarian Christian denominations that believe one should only pray to the Father, not to Jesus? If so, what are they and what is there scriptural basis for believing so?
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What is the justification for relying on faith healing and conventional medicine?

As a contrast to What is the justification for relying on faith healing over conventional medicine?, I thought I'd ask the opposite. What is the justification for relying on faith and conventional ...
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What is the biblical basis for praying to Jesus, as opposed to praying to God in the name of Jesus?

What is the biblical basis for praying to Jesus, as opposed to praying to God in the name of Jesus? My question is based on John 14:13–14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the ...
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What happens to a rejected grace?

When I pray for someone's conversion and God gives him the grace to convert but he/she rejects it. He won't end up converting and constantly is rejecting God's grace. I can see that God was putting ...
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What was the Angelic Psalter that Our Lady told St. Dominic to preach?

In St. Louis de Montfort's The Secret of the Rosary he quotes the Blessed Virgin Mary talking to St. Dominic: "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been ...
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Is it only Catholicism that says grace on food?

edit: Why is saying a prayer before eating called "saying grace?" God has grace in giving the food but wouldn't it be man's grace if we're "saying" it? or has it come from earlier when people were "...
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What do JW, Evangelicals and Mormons believe about hastening the Return of Jesus? [closed]

I've found some Protestant and Catholic articles about interpreting (Peter 3:12, Revelation 22:20, Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 18:1-8) as the opportunity, for Christians, to hasten the Return of the Lord ...
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1 John 5:16 “you don't need to pray for that”?

1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that ...
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How does the divine office compare between the different rites?

I'm wondering how the liturgy of the hours looks different in different quarters of the church. When Byzantine Christians pray the Divine Office, how is it different to when Latin Christians pray the ...
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According to Lutherans, do angels pray for us?

I was looking at this question, and the answers don't really cover any viewpoints aside from that of the Roman Catholic Church. The second answer quotes Grudem, but the answerer's claim that he speaks ...
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Abraham's bosom and Praying to Abraham

I have discovered recently that some Christians believe Abraham's bosom is an literal place. For those who have this view, was Abraham believed to be the ruler of this place? And was it perfectly ...
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Did the early church devote themselves to prayer or to “the prayers”, and if the latter, which prayers?

I couldn't decide if this fit better in Hermeneutics or here, but anyways: Acts 2:42 NIV - They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ...
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Do Mormons secretly pray about you and then consider you included in their church?

I met two men on the street who were Mormons. We had a nice discussion and they gave me their book with a bookmark pointing to a verse in it. Later that day I met with my friend and he said I ...
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How does “Lead us not into temptation” need to be interpreted? [closed]

When we Christians recite the "Our Father", we always say: ... and lead us not into temptation ... From this quote I understand very clearly that God can lead us to temptation thus contradicting ...
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What is the earliest known instance of a petition directed to Mary?

A recent answer on this site says that "People have always prayed to Mary as a chief intercessor on their behalf." Such a statement will surely seem excessive to Protestants, who would normally ...
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How to propose a change in a prayer?

How can I go about proposing a change in a prayer? Or how can I have the change approved by the Catholic Church or their theologians? I'd like to change the prayer of Hail Mary from: Holy Mary, ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever attempted a local substitute for the word Amen?

The suffix 'Amen' has been in use in the prayers of virtually all Christian denominations across the world, though the pronunciation differs from place to place. Given that the names of God and Jesus ...
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Why pray to Jesus and not to the Father? (Catholic perspective)

Jesus always refers the Father as to be greater than himself. For example: You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that God stores our prayers?

I've heard that God stores our prayers. Where does He store them; is it in a bottle, a scroll, a book? What scripture supports this claim?
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What is the Biblical support for praying for the dead?

In the question Absolution for a daughter an answer was posted that started by saying: The Rites of the Church do include prayers for the dead. It's not possible actually to absolve sins after ...
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Are LDS required to take their hats off when they pray?

Is it part of the LDS religion to remove your hat during prayer? Or is that just part of western culture as a sign of respect? Are LDS required to remove their hats when they pray? Or can they pray ...
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Why do LDS cross their arms during prayer?

When praying, many Latter Day Saints will cross their arms during prayer: This appears to be in lieu of folding hands as has been done by protestants and Catholics for centuries: What is the origin ...
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Are Catholics not supposed to pray the St. Michael Prayer?

I was looking up exorcism stuff on the Vatican website and stumbled across this from (then) Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) From these prescriptions it follows that it is not ...
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What is the prayer of faith as recorded in James 5:15?

James 5:15 says that the prayer of faith will save the sick. Is there a specific prayer of faith?
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Is it ok to pray different prayers in conjunction to one another? [closed]

I would like to know if it's appropriate to pray different prayers in conjunction with another? For Example: The Litany of Humility Rosary Prayer to a specific Saint bedtime prayer
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What's up with churches and guitars in this joke from The Big Bang Theory?

From The Big Bang Theory S10E12: Mary: Thank you, God, for the food we are about to receive and for the nourishment of our bodies and bless the hands that prepared it. Amen. Sheldon: Given ...
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What is the significance of a church being “consecrated”?

Related to this question. I've split it into two questions because I didn't want to ask too much in one go. My local parish church has a sign out the front which says "Australia's oldest consecrated ...
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What is involved in the consecration of a Church?

What is actually involved in consecrating a Catholic church? Does a priest or bishop just come and say a prayer over/towards the building? If so, what is the prayer? Are there any liturgical gestures ...
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Is it permissible for a Catholic to pray the Salat?

I'm thinking of visiting a mosque on Wednesday. I've done this before a couple of years ago and it was a very valuable experience. The last time I visited I joined in the Salat and thought it was a ...
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Connection between the Jesus Prayer and chanting “Jesus!” during worship?

According to Wikipedia: The Jesus' Prayer (Greek: Η Προσευχή του Ιησού, i prosefchí tou iisoú; Syriac: ܨܠܘܬܐ ܕܝܫܘܥ ‎, Amharic, Geez and Tigrinya: እግዚኦ መሐረነ ክርስቶስ,Slotho d-Yeshu' , ) or "The Prayer" ...
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What Prayer/words are associated with the solemn sign of the cross?

With the normal sign of the cross you are supposed to say "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost" as you trace the cross on your body. The solemn sign of the cross is the ...
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How do small groups pray the Liturgy of the Hours?

At my troop's Federation of North American Explorers meetings, the leaders and the boys pray the Liturgy of the Hours together sometimes for our prayer at the end of meetings. We often do it with ...
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Why do Catholics ask for things from an omniscient and omnibenevolent God?

Prayer as praise is rational. It makes sense for people to tell a loving God that they love him too. But I don't understand why Catholics ask things of a God who is omniscient (“all knowing”), ...
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Can a devil use one prayer to prevent us from praying different one? (Catholic perspective)

We all know the importance of praying the rosary. But I have also been praying The Twelve-year Prayer of S. Bridget of Sweden. I noticed one very important thing. Anytime I got into a temptation it ...
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No non-Latin prayers in European churches before Reformation?

Is this true that before the Reformation, all Christians in Europe would have to study Latin in order to understand the prayers pronounced during Masses in Roman Catholic Churches?
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Is falling to the floor during blessings or prayers supported in Roman Catholic doctrine?

In the Pentecostal Church and some other Christian movements, during blessings or prayers people often fall to the floor. This is critiqued by some people. But today I saw a Roman Catholic priest and ...
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Can I pray for the past to change certain aspects of life? (Catholic perspective)

I'd like to know if according to the Catholic teaching I can pray for the past events that didn't happen? For example: If a woman miscarried a child which means the child wasn't baptized and at that ...