Praying To Someone Other Than God
I’m writing this post at the request of a friend who believes that praying to the saints is unbiblical; I can sympathize with him because I used to feel the same way. A prayer is merely an entreaty or a request addressed to God. Most people today think of prayer only as a form of communication with God. When Catholics “pray” to the saints, they are merely making a request to God.
Who is more righteous than the saints in heaven? This view contradicts the entire Christian message. Those who have died in Christ are not less alive than we are, but rather more fully alive than they have ever been.
Is it a sin to pray to anyone other than God?
It is the central tenet of Abrahamic religions, prohibiting followers from worshipping gods other than the Lord, a sin known as idolatry. Historically, idolatry was often punished by death.
Does the Bible say to pray for others?
u201cConfess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed; the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.u201d James 5:16.
Can you pray with someone else?
Praying with a prayer partner can be as informal as praying with a friend in your small group or Bible study, or as formal as praying with a prayer partner during a church service.
What does God say about praying to others?
u201cPray for each other so that you may be healed,u201d God says in James 5:16 NIV. Prayers reach God in all circumstances and are heard whether they are prayed alone or with others.
Is it a sin to pray to Mary?
Some see Mary devotion as a harmless Catholic quirk, while others see it as proof that Catholics worship multiple gods, citing Mary statues in Catholic churches and Catholics praying the Hail Mary as irrefutable proof of idolatry, blasphemy, and other heresies.
Where does Jesus say you should pray?
The teaching of Jesus on prayer ( Matthew 6:5-8 )
Where does the Bible say not to pray for someone?
Then, in Exodus 14:15, God essentially tells Moses, “Stop praying!” Now, as a pastor who preaches on prayer all the time, I find that very interesting, and I will state unequivocally that I would never tell anyone to stop praying.
How do you pray for someone examples?
Almighty God, for this life and the life to come, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Lord, please give my treasured friend love and blessings without end.
What happens to us when we pray for others?
Prayer demonstrates a genuine affection for others and their well-being, as the entropy of the universe increases ever so slightly as the brain creates heat from doing work, which is the same thing that happens when one prays for someone else’s bad.
Can you pray for someone to go to heaven?
Do Christians believe that praying on behalf of the deceased can help them enter heaven? Not exactly. All Christians believe that only God can decide whether a person belongs in heaven or hell, and that no amount of intercession can persuade God to change His mind. However, post-mortem praying has other benefits.
Can you repent for someone else?
They undoubtedly repented for their own sins by resolving to abandon their sinful ways and obey God’s revealed will, but one person cannot do so in another’s place. I can, however, declare the truth about our transgressions, renounce them, and pray to God on behalf of the entire people.
Can you pray for someone you like?
Sure, you can begin your prayer by telling God that your crush is His greatest work of creation, but we can all do more for our crushes than that. Next, pray for your crush in the same way that Christ prayed for us in John 17, telling His Father that he wants us all to be one in God’s love.
Can you pray directly to God?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
What happens when praying to God?
People pray on their knees, opening their hearts to God and asking for a variety of things, including cancer healing, a job after all these months, a buyer for their home in a frozen market, and relief from pain. Some prayers will be answered, and the recipients will look heavenward with grateful praise.
How do you pray for healing for someone?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.