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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Is there any biblical evidence that [asking dead saints for intercession] was a common practice in the early church? The New Testament contains neither any example of nor any reference to this ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Are there any biblical examples of Christians in the Early Church communicating with dead saints in order to request their intercessory prayer? The short answer seems to be no. There are no clear ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

The Bible tells Christians to pray for those in positions of authority. Such authorities include government officials (international, national, and local) and pastors, church elders, school boards, ...
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If Christ Has Been Given All Authority Why Does He Need to Make Intercession For Us?

The authority given to the resurrected and glorified Christ includes his role as mediator for sinful humans, just as he also has the roles of Priest and King. Since ascending to heaven, sinful ...
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If Christ Has Been Given All Authority Why Does He Need to Make Intercession For Us?

I think your question stems from a misunderstanding of the nature of authority. To have authority does not simply mean to have absolute control over something. Authority is often - even usually - ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

The traditional use The wikipedia article traces the phrase "requiescat in pace" ("may he/she rest in peace") to tombstone inscriptions as early as the 5th century. Up to the ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

Those on earth do not know with certainty whether one is in hell, purgatory, or heaven—unless the Church has canonized the faithfully departed as a saint, in which case one is certain he or she is in ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

The only Greek scripture verse that contains both "soul" and "peace" is: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be ...
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Why many Catholics believe that Mary is co-redemptrix?

Mary is co-redemptrix just means she has cooperated with Jesus Christ for our salvation. Explanations can be found in Lumen gentium quoted below : There is but one Mediator as we know from the ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the purpose of praying for the dead?

The Catholic Church believes that souls who die in the state of grace, yet still need to be purified from the temporal punishment due to sin are purified in Purgatory. Catholic teaching regarding ...
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What happens to the fruits of the Mass applied to a particular soul who is no longer in purgatory?

The general belief is that the duration of a soul's stay in purgatory is determined by how fast the process of purification gets accomplished. Prayers of the people on earth, including Mass ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

RIP stands for requiescat in pace, which means "may he/she rest in peace". Psalm 4, Verse 8 is In pace in idipsum, dormiam et requiescam which means In peace together, I will sleep and ...
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What is the meaning of "rest in peace" ("RIP")?

Interestingly, the word rest in the New Testament is something each believer in Jesus Christ can experience, this side of the grave! The writer to the Hebrews addresses the concept of rest in Chapter ...
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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

I'd like to answer your question with a focus on how we should be praying for healing. Those familiar with the life of C.S. Lewis might recall a healing miracle that Lewis observed around 1959. The ...
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Is the practice of seeking the intercession of Rachel admonished in the New Testament?

The practice is not admonished. In fact, in a 2018 book by Dr. Brant Pitre, who specialized in NT and ancient Judaism and who wrote a few books on the Jewish background of Jesus, Jesus and the Jewish ...
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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?

What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living? First of all, we must remember that there are three divisions that make up the Communion of Saints: the Church ...
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Are there any biblical examples of Early Church disciples praying to deceased saints in order to request their intercessory prayer?

Since you made reference to the early church, to the best of my knowledge I'd say no there isn't. Acts 1 King James Version 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is ...
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What is the biblical basis for Mary being given immense authority in heaven?

What is the biblical basis for Mary being given immense authority in heaven? In St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) True Devotion to Mary, a manuscript written in the Early ...
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What is the biblical basis for Mary being given immense authority in heaven?

As far as I know, biblical references to the virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus, are few in number. While according her great respect and honour, "blessed among women" etc (Luke 1:42),...
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Are there theological explanations for why God would condition his divine intervention and mercy on intercessory prayer?

I thought everyone asked themselves this question at one point and the answer is because it maximizes the manifestation of the good glory of God through our participation and enjoyment of that glory. ...
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Are there any Christian groups or denominations that make a distinction between the gift of healing and just praying for the sick to get healed?

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make a distinction between the two. There are at least two powers that can be used in healing: Faith We know that the prayer of faith, uttered alone or ...
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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?

Eastern Catholics do not have to believe in purgatory. I, for one, think that people 'atone' for their sins in this place diminishes Christ's atonement and His great love for us. Purification? Perhaps....
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

Denominations with a liturgical tradition often have prayers specifically for the government, and there is no assumption that such a government will be godly. For example here are two prayers from the ...
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According to Catholicism, how can a relic help a sick person?

How can a relic help a sick person? From the tone of body of your question, I am presuming that you would like a Catholic response. That is the perspective I am going to give for you. Holy Cards ...
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What is the biblical basis for those in heaven being able to pray for the living?

Minor Clarification To be clear: certain doctrines, in fact, a great many that all 'Christians' believe, do not have their 'basis' or 'origin', strictly speaking, in the Bible. So much as the Bible ...
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C.S. Lewis's petitionary prayer paradox

Let me offer one possibility, I will not claim that it is the answer you seek, but maybe perhaps you may consider it in the realm of possibility. Let's start with another CS Lewis quote which is a ...
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