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[*] Post 312102 posted on 15-12-2007 at 00:46 Reply With Quote
Tension in prayer

I'm speaking mainly from a Christian perspective, but that's no reason to limit the discussion to that bent...

Victor mentioned something in another thread that I am shamelessly taking to start a new one.

It seems to me that Christians often feel torn between the various uses of prayer and how it may be done. Note, here, I'm not asking for anyone to tell other people how it *should* be done - I don't think one person can do that for another. Rather, I'm offering a discussion thread in which people can muse... :)

There is the idea that everything we need, is already known by God, before we even know about our need. And that God is a loving God, who will answer all the needs which need answering.

On the other hand, we are told to ask for what we need.

Admittedly, I would see prayer of petition as the last form of prayer, in the commonly used mnemonic, ACTS - Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication.

But it's still there....

What think thee?
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[*] Post 312108 posted on 15-12-2007 at 01:09 Reply With Quote

I feel that I have a personal relationship with God and because of my upbringing, I do not use formal prayers as say a Muslim would.

I pray every day and in my "conversation" try to be clear about what I "want" and "need". Often though, it is my interpretation of what I need that is flawed.
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[*] Post 312148 posted on 15-12-2007 at 08:59 Reply With Quote

To help I have placed here a copy of the post which Janet makes reference to.

Originally posted by marymary100
I pray for anyone who requests it


Say one for me please.

While I do pray for others I never think it is right to ask the lord for things for yourself but forgiveness.
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