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The thrust of this part of our web guide is on prayer within the Pentecostal movement.

Pentecostalism is a Protestant Charismatic Christian movement that emphasizes the direct personal experience of God through baptism with the Holy Spirit. The term is derived from the event of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and followers of Jesus, as related in Acts 2:1-3. Pentecostals adhere to the inerrancy of the Bible and believe in the New Birth represented in repentance and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

While the term "Pentecostal prayer" could refer to a prayer that is offered on the day of Pentecost, this category will be focusing on prayers within the various denominations in the Pentecostal movement.

Pentecostals are known for lively worship services, in which they often raise their hands, pray aloud, and sometimes even run through the aisles during church services. Significantly, Pentecostals believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which empowers Christians to live a Spirit-filled life. This includes the demonstration of spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and divine healing.

Pentecostals pray for healing, believing it to be part of the Atonement. To that end, they anoint and lay hands on the sick, sometimes in lieu of the use of medicine. Pentecostal congregations come together to pray for healing, following the framework provided in James 5:13-16.

Although prayer is an important part of all Christian congregations, there are differences in emphasis and form. For example, while both Pentecostals and Baptists pray, Pentecostals emphasize direct experience with God through the Holy Spirit in prayer, while Baptists tend to have a more reserved approach. In prayer and in worship, Pentecostals actively seek spiritual gifts, including healing, while Baptists may focus more on traditional prayer without emphasizing miraculous manifestations. Baptists also believe in the power of prayer and will turn to God in prayer for healing, but unlike Pentecostals, they are less likely to expect it immediately and miraculously. Pentecostals expect and pray for miracles, while Baptists tend to view them as less common.

In summary, Pentecostal prayer is characterized by its emotional intensity, emphasis on spiritual gifts, and belief in divine healing. All Christians pray, but Pentecostals bring a unique fervor to their communion with God.



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