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Can Prayer Cause Harm

What if you asked someone to pray for you and they prayed for something you didn't like? For example if you are a Catholic and when you ask for prayer someone prays that you are "delivered from Catholicism". Could that cause you more harm than good?

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 ---grace3869 on 11/14/06
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Anything that God does cannot bring harm to a Christian. Don't be paranoid over the devices and disagreements of men.

I would like to point out that this question does illuminate an overall lack of trust in God on your part, and might I say, that perhaps the BEST thing is for you to be "delivered" from your Roman Catholic religion.

I say this because you lack intimacy with God as you rely on rituals for salvation.

Jesus is waiting.
---Pharisee on 9/20/07


Grace, I believe (where *this* is concerned & for those of *all* denoms) only those prayers which stem from pride and/or anger opposed to love and/or ignorance can be harmful. Also I say "can" because they may well be *ignored*.. only the Lord knows for sure. When they stem from Christian charity these prayers will always be prayed privately to the Lord; not "announced" to the one(s) being prayed for.
---augua9846 on 11/15/06


Praying for deliverance from Catholicism was an example NOT a request.
So lets use another example: If you prayed for a non-believer to get their life together and they ended up joining the army, going to Iraq and dying? more harm then good? What if he accepted Christ before he died would that make it okay?

In essence the question is Can prayer alert the devil to a weakness that he can exploit?
---grace3869 on 11/14/06


Parasee- this question does illuminate an overall lack of trust in God on your part, .....you lack intimacy with God as you rely on rituals for salvation.

First I rely on Jesus for my salvation not rituals. Second - the wrong prayer can open the door to the devil and while God will prevail who needs the devil in their backyard. 3rd - if you attack the strength of a person's faith just because they ask a question then you do a disservice to the free exchange of ideas and Christianet
---grace3869 on 11/14/06


The only time it can is if we are praying out loud w/others and U use your "prayer" to preach, hurt, expose another that is there or even not there because others will run and gossip. But even if U prayed a horrible hurtful prayer alone God is in control and would not allow anything to touch the "apples of His eyes."
---Jeanne on 11/14/06




According to this question I am trying to bring "harm" to Emcee
---mima on 11/14/06


I don't mean to put words in Pharisee's mouth (or mouse), but I wondered about this nickname at first myself. Perhaps he views himself as Paul did, the biggest Pharisee of them all, and yet Christ still died for him. Perhaps it reminds him of where he used to be, and how God changed him?
---Kate on 11/14/06


I read your Christ-like comments and then see the name, Pharisee. I've asked before, but I wonder why you call yourself that? It really doesn't fit you or your biblical answers. Pharisees refused to accept Christ. It's similar to calling yourself a Judas.
---Shiela on 11/14/06


Being delivered from Catholicism would never bring you more harm. Alot of Catholics have become sold-out, born again Christians, baptized in the Holy Ghost and went on to be Evangelists, Teachers, etc., I know I'm going to get blasted for this anwer, but I was Catholic and so were all of my friends, this happened to us, and it was Glorious!
---Donna9759 on 11/14/06


I believe God only answers prayer according to His will.
---kathr4453 on 11/14/06




God will answer the prayer that supports His plans for you.
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
---Joe on 11/14/06


i don't think God in answering someones prayer would give them something to harm them. maybe if the prayer was focussed towards a non believer. like in Psamls what it says about the authors enemies. now that i know you are Catholic i will pray for your deliverance also. Revelation chapter 2 talks about the Nicolatains. do research on that
---tony on 11/14/06


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