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Praying Over Nivlem Sunday, January 25, 2009


Dear Bro,

Is it true that when a person who's not spiritually prepared to lay hands or "pray over", can be opened to transference of evil spirits like spirit of anger etc, from the person being prayed over to him/her praying over??

I'm aware of St.Paul's letter to ephesians that we deal with not human beings but principalities, powers...So is this a myth of true?

Nowadays it seems alot of people are into this "praying over", not for deliverance but rather for God to touch them, for empowerment etc... I have seen it happening from cathecists to youth leaders, its like becoming a trend. Is there a spiritual danger for doing so??

Pls advice.

God bless,


Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM

Dear Nivlem:

It is true that one should not too quickly lay hands upon another person in prayer as there can be a demonic transference. A person who lays on hands needs to know what they are doing and be properly prepared (which nearly no charismatic who does this qualifies).

On the question about St. Paul's teaching that we are not dealing with flesh and blood but with evil spirits, this is not myth. This is true. The author of evil is the devil. Although men can be evil in their own right, oftentimes the evil that men do are accompanied by demonic influence.

We see this in the story of when Jesus said to St. Peter, "Get thee behind me Satan!" Peter was well intentioned and did not realize that his words were actually inspired by the devil. Jesus knew the real source, however, and chastised not Peter, but Satan.

We need to remember that our ultimate enemy is not each other, but the devil.

On the third question, yes, this "praying over" is a fad these days and it can be problematic for similar reasons as laying on hands.

Perhaps you would be interested in the essay, Charism Gifts Building Up the Church. This essay details some of these things and gives the pros and cons of these practices.

God Bless,
Bro. Ignatius Mary

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