'Prayer of Authority'
Catholic Prayer or Protestant Prayer?
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Question / Issue:
"I would like to know
if the 'Prayer of Authority' is a Catholic prayer. It was given to me to be used
as a prayer for healing that should be said morning and night along with reading
one chapter of Scripture. A relative is concerned that this is not a good prayer
to be using. I would appreciate a response so that I can let them know."
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From what I see
online, this does not seem to be a Catholic prayer. Online I see that this type
of prayer appears to be associated with Jesus' reference in
Scripture to binding & loosing. However, Jesus didn't make this statement
indiscriminately, but rather to certain members of the Church (i.e. the apostles
and their successors, bishops and priests). Although a Protestant would argue
this point, it obviously wouldn't make sense for everyone to have the power to
bind and loose. It's just not practical. Otherwise, for example, I could bind
something and you could simply loose it. It would lose all meaning, would it
not? Furthermore, it is troubling how some of these "prayers of authority"
encourage lay persons to command evil sprits, which may be ill advised (lay
people should not address evil sprits directly). Also troubling is just about
every site I saw this type of prayer on was Protestant. Without seeing the exact
prayer you are speaking about, it is a bit hard to say for sure, but based on
what I did see online, I am quite confident that the prayer you are referring to
is Protestant. I would, of course, recommend using only prayers that are
specifically Catholic. You can find some on our site related to sickness
here and other prayers
here. BTW, if it is an urgent need, there is a nice "urgent need" novena
here that can be said every hour for nine hours. Hope that helps. God bless
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