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The way in which believers communicate to God

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“Ask and it will be given to you” vs. “Not my will, but yours be done.”

So, please clarify something for me. I'm trying to get a better understanding of presenting my requests to God, but also recognizing that it is not my will, but His will be done. Here are three verses ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

Venezuelan government/regime is destroying the country through corruption, drugtraffiking to the USA and Europe, murder, kleptocracy, unjustified imprisonments. The government palace is full of ...
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Is there a standard text of the Litany of Loreto accepted for universal use by the Catholic Church?

The Litany of Loreto recited in Southern India contains a prayer "Glory/pride of the Order of Carmelites, pray for us" just before the last prayer "Queen of peace, pray for us". That prayer is not ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever thought of replacing the prayer “Tower of ivory, pray for us” in the Litany of Loreto?

The Litany of Loreto to Our Lady contains a prayer: "Tower of ivory, pray for us". Of course, this prayer was written at a time when ivory was in abundance, and there was no prohibition against its ...
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Can one pray for something “bad” to happen to yourself?

Short version: In the context of Christianity and in particular the New Testament, is it possible to pray for something that one perceives as "bad" for oneself, and receive it? Long version: The New ...
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Does Pope Francis want Catholics to pray both new prayers at the end of the Rosary or just one or the other?

So this question might be rather meaningless in a few months, but I figured I might as well ask here in case someone can parse the Pope's meaning The Holy Father said: I am also providing two ...
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Has the Church of England responded on the latest comment of its “Head”?

In a brief speech recorded on first April and televised on the fifth, the "Head" of the Church of England (that is to say its professed "Head" Queen Elizabeth II) mentioned 'prayer and meditation' but ...
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Does a Mass intention have any value now, if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later?

Does a Mass intention have any value now (as expressed, submitted and donation made now), if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later (due to long waiting list of intentions)? I would like to ...
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What did Clement mean when he said: “Fasting is better than prayer, and charity than both”?

In his second letter to the Corinthians (16:3), the anonymous church father, believed to be Clement of Rome, wrote: "Fasting is better than prayer, and charity than both". What did he mean by that?...
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Can one take up the cross of someone who is suffering from illnesses and carry them like Simon of Cyrene and pray that to God?

If family members are sick and one wants to pray for their recovery and carry their crosses can they pray to God to bestow their suffering on him or her? Is that a valid prayer? Can one take up ...
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Gender Segregation in Small Groups and Prayer

TL;DR What Biblical justification is there for gender segregation in prayer/small groups? and has there been any study on the affect which this segregation has on the people involved? In various ...
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Origin and meaning of rosary

What is the origin and meaning of the rosary? It’s repetitive prayer of “Hail Mary, the lord’s prayer, glory be, and oh my Jesus”.
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Is there a Bible-verse, what says that one must not quote the bible all the time? [closed]

Can someone advice me please. I have an acquaintance who is highly religious and reads and quotes bible verses and prays almost all the time, many hours in a row. Is there any bible verse, with what ...
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Can we be united in prayer?

Are there any of the large groups of believers in Jesus that would object to praying with other denominations, non-denominations or sections of Christianity? Example: Catholicism, Protestant, etc?
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Why do we have to make the Sign of the Cross physically?

Every time we go to the church, we can make like multiple signs of the cross during the mass. Is it wrong if I make my sign of the cross by just speaking or with my mind other than doing it repeatedly ...
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Is the prayer “Mother of Perpetual Help” blasphemous?

O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this reason, has He made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, that thou ...
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What is the norm for celebrating First Friday/Saturday Novena Masses on Holy Days of Obligation?

When First Fridays or First Saturdays fall on Solemnities (like All Saints is on Friday in 2019), do people usually punt the devotions to the next month or pack them into the same day?
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What is the Protestant view on a woman praying in the family when a man is present [closed]

The Bible says at 1 Cor 11:3 (ASV) 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. Also Ephesian 5:23 adds ...
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Do any Christians sects have a Standing/Prostration Prayer like the Jewish 'Amidah' and Muslim 'Salat'?

I was wondering if any Christians have a prayer that includes movement like bowing towards a certain place and praying like what Muslims and Jews do.
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How common is the practice of praying for the devil?

On The Patristics Project website there is a blog post entitled "Patristic Universalism", which provides quotes from twelve of the ancient Christian writers popularly known as the Church Fathers, ...
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What is the basis for the Apostles devoting themselves to prayer for nine days in Acts 1:14?

We know that in Acts the Apostles prayed in the upper room consecutively until the Holy Spirit descended on them. Oftentimes I heard that this was calculated to be for nine days. How did people reach ...
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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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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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