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Why did Elijah pray seven times?

Elijah makes the statement “And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you ...
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Question about Romans 8:26 - what is 'prayer'?

The apostle Paul himself stated that the Holy Spirit has to pray for us since we don't know how to pray (Romans 8:26). It is therefore difficult for anyone to say exactly what prayer is. I have been ...
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In Genesis 21:17 why does God hear only the boy's prayer?

As I read Genesis 21:17, I spent a good time wondering why God heard the cry of the boy whereas his mother also cried at the same time. "And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God ...
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What does Elijah's prayer for drought have to do with prayers for healing? (James 5:17-18)

I am curious why James selects Elijah’s prayers starting and ending a drought in Israel as an example of how powerfully a righteous man’s prayer can give healing (James 5:17-18). How does this ...
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Is Luke's mention of “the hour of prayer” in Acts 3:1 intended to establish that time as the time for Christians to pray?

Does the mention of "the hour of prayer" in Acts 3:1 suggest that Christians are to pray at a specific time?: Act 3:1  Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, ...
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In Hebrews 7:25, what does it mean that Christ “intercedes”?

What does “intercession” mean in this context? Does it mean prayer? 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession ...
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Does “ask and you shall receive” apply to all believers or just to the Apostles?

In John 14:14 Jesus told the Apostles "And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Does this promise apply to anyone and everyone from that time forward ...
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In Mark 9:24 what is the father requesting?

How should the verse be translated?: Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] εὐθὺς κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου ἔλεγεν Πιστεύω· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. Is it a reasonable request? Does Jesus in fact come ...
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In Luke 24:30 is the “blessing” on the road to Emmaus the Jewish Kaddish Prayer? And if so, what would be the significance of that?

I saw that someone said in another Christian discussion forum, that - the "blessing" of Luke 24:30, on the road to Emmaus, was the Jewish "Kaddish Prayer" - a prayer said at meals, and mourning, and ...
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Which translation is better Philippians 4:6 Pray about everything (NLT) or pray in every situation?

NLT "Pray about everything" implies ask for anything, don't hesitate in asking even for little things, ask everything freely; be meticulous. Whereas other translations put it "in everything or in any ...
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In Matthew 27:46, what did Jesus mean by referring to God as “**my** God”?

In Matthew 27:46, what did Jesus mean by referring to God as "my God"?: Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My ...
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In John 17:1, why did Jesus lift up his eyes to the sky to address God?

In John 17:1, Jesus looks up toward the sky to address God?: Joh 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son ...
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Who was recording Jesus prayer? Mat 26

Does anyone have an idea who may be recording Jesus prayer in The Garden of Gethsemane (Mat 26:36-44)? I mean,Jesus three disciples were sleeping. One friend asked me this question some weeks ago and ...
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In Luke 18: Pharisee and Tax Collector

In Luke 18, we read the story of the prayers of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in the temple. The Pharisee's prayer (vv 11-12): The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you ...
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What does Jesus mean by “Pray then like this:” before the “Lord's Prayer”

7“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ...
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What does 'prayers' mean in 1 Timothy 2:1 as distinct from supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings?

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul urges four activities that might all fall into the range of meaning of the English word 'prayers' as it is used today: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, ...