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What's the point of praying for others?

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  • What's the point of praying for others?

    Like the title says. I'm not just looking for Biblical support of the practice, but a theological exploration of the practice of prayer and how it relates to making requests for or about others.
    Don't call it a comeback. It's a riposte.

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    The thread is in Christianity 201. U sure this is the right forum?
    The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

    [T]he truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
      The thread is in Christianity 201. U sure this is the right forum?
      If you can think of a better one, feel free to suggest it and explain why
      Don't call it a comeback. It's a riposte.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Spartacus View Post
        Like the title says. I'm not just looking for Biblical support of the practice, but a theological exploration of the practice of prayer and how it relates to making requests for or about others.
        Praying for others draws us closer to them. It's quite evident (from passages that enjoin us to love our enemies) that wishing evil upon those we don't like is wrong. From personal experience, it's awful tough to hate someone you're praying for. So when I'm debating someone, I try to make it a point to pray for them, especially during the liturgy.
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        • #5
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #6
            Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
            Praying for others draws us closer to them. It's quite evident (from passages that enjoin us to love our enemies) that wishing evil upon those we don't like is wrong. From personal experience, it's awful tough to hate someone you're praying for. So when I'm debating someone, I try to make it a point to pray for them, especially during the liturgy.
            What, specifically, do you pray for regarding the people you debate?
            Don't call it a comeback. It's a riposte.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spartacus View Post
              If you can think of a better one, feel free to suggest it and explain why
              Why not Theology 201? The ambit of your OP seems to be larger than that of just Christianity 201. I could be mistaken, perhaps I fail to comprehend correctly your OP.
              The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

              [T]he truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                Why not Theology 201? The ambit of your OP seems to be larger than that of just Christianity 201. I could be mistaken, perhaps I fail to comprehend correctly your OP.
                Theology 201: Calvinism, Arminianism, and other views on salvation and foreknowledge. Theist Only.

                Xianity 201: General topics within historic Christianity. Christian Only.

                Which one looks broader to you?
                Don't call it a comeback. It's a riposte.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Spartacus View Post
                  Theology 201: Calvinism, Arminianism, and other views on salvation and foreknowledge. Theist Only.
                  I have no clue why Theology is limited to discussions on salvation and foreknowledge. It should be changed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Paprika View Post
                    I have no clue why Theology is limited to discussions on salvation and foreknowledge. It should be changed.
                    Source: http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/announcement.php?f=46

                    This is the forum to discuss the spectrum of views within Christianity on God's foreknowledge and election such as Calvinism, Arminianism, Molinism, Open Theism, Process Theism, Restrictivism, and Inclusivism, Christian Universalism and what these all are about anyway. Who is saved and when is/was their salvation certain? How does God exercise His sovereignty and how powerful is He? Is God timeless and immutable? Does a triune God help better understand God's love for mankind?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bill the Cat View Post
                      Source: http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/announcement.php?f=46

                      This is the forum to discuss the spectrum of views within Christianity on God's foreknowledge and election such as Calvinism, Arminianism, Molinism, Open Theism, Process Theism, Restrictivism, and Inclusivism, Christian Universalism and what these all are about anyway. Who is saved and when is/was their salvation certain? How does God exercise His sovereignty and how powerful is He? Is God timeless and immutable? Does a triune God help better understand God's love for mankind?

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                      I was referring to the forum description on the front page. In any case, I fail to see why Theology 201 should be restricted to the topics of foreknowledge and election, with other topics seemingly only relevant as they bear on the former two.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
                        Praying for others draws us closer to them. It's quite evident (from passages that enjoin us to love our enemies) that wishing evil upon those we don't like is wrong. From personal experience, it's awful tough to hate someone you're praying for. So when I'm debating someone, I try to make it a point to pray for them, especially during the liturgy.
                        very true!

                        When I find myself getting angry with someone, on tweb or real life, I will pray for their well being even if I don't want to, and I find myself after a while, really wanting them to do well and start to care for them.

                        My boss at work really ticked me off at my last review and seemed to be out to nitpick the smallest things in order to give me negative feedback and that really made me angry at him. But I decided I needed to pray for him and started doing so. The anger melted away and now I am trying to understand him better and what is going on in his life.

                        Prayer helps us learn and practice empathy.

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                        • #13
                          could you all stop arguing about where this thread should be? It is the choice of the thread starter to put it here and this is a perfectly fine place for it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                            very true!

                            When I find myself getting angry with someone, on tweb or real life, I will pray for their well being even if I don't want to, and I find myself after a while, really wanting them to do well and start to care for them.

                            My boss at work really ticked me off at my last review and seemed to be out to nitpick the smallest things in order to give me negative feedback and that really made me angry at him. But I decided I needed to pray for him and started doing so. The anger melted away and now I am trying to understand him better and what is going on in his life.

                            Prayer helps us learn and practice empathy.
                            Are you praying for empathy? Or if you don't specifically ask for empathy, what are you asking for, and do you still hope for empathy as the primary outcome?
                            Don't call it a comeback. It's a riposte.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                              could you all stop arguing about where this thread should be? It is the choice of the thread starter to put it here and this is a perfectly fine place for it.
                              You need to chill.

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