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    Prayed Over or Prayed For

    Is the following sentence correct?

    My father prayed over me when I was sick in bed.
    (He put his hand over my head)

    A friend told me that the phrasal verb in bold was wrongly used. The correct one should be prayed for.

    Thank you for your attention.
    Last edited by yeecharles; 28-Jun-2010 at 13:43.

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    #2

    Re: Prayed Over or Prayed For

    Not a teacher.

    In that context, "prayed over" is OK.

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    #3

    Re: Prayed Over or Prayed For

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not a teacher.

    In that context, "prayed over" is OK.
    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: Prayed Over or Prayed For

    Quote Originally Posted by yeecharles View Post
    Is the following sentence correct?

    My father prayed over me when I was sick in bed.
    (He put his hand over my head)

    A friend told me that the phrasal verb in bold was wrongly used. The correct one should be prayed for.

    Thank you for your attention.
    Yes, in the context of a religious ritual as described, the phrase 'pray over' is correct.
    However, in general, you say you pray for someone who is sick if no mention is made on how the prayer is carried out.

    not a teacher

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