18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money.
19 saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit
20 But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought the gift of God could be purchased with money!"
21 "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for you heart is not right in the sight of God
22 Repent therefore of this wickedness and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity
24 Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.
Does this passage oppose confession to a priest? Peter told the guy to pray straight to God for forgiveness. I tried to make sure I read it in context. Also, I wonder why Simon turned around and asked Peter to pray for him instead? Why did he not want to pray? Did he think maybe Peter’s prayer would “carry more weight?” But that’s a secondary question. My real question is why Peter told Simon to pray himself.