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Definitions of prayer

  1. earnest or urgent request; " an entreaty to stop the fighting"; " an appeal for help"; " an appeal to the public to keep calm"
  2. reverent petition to a deity
  3. someone who prays to God
  4. the act of communicating with a deity ( especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving); " the priest sank to his knees in prayer"
  5. a fixed text used in praying
  6. One who prays; a supplicant.
  7. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a court or a legislative body.
  8. The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer.
  9. The form of words used in praying; a formula of supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a supplication addressed to God; as, a written or extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.
  10. A set of beliefs concerning the nature, cause, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency. It usually involves devotional and ritual observances and often a moral code for the conduct of human affairs. ( Random House Collegiate Dictionary, rev. ed.)
  11. Thanks and praise given to God, and requests made of him; a form of words suited to an appeal to God; a form of religious service for public worship.
  12. The act of praying: entreaty: the words used: solemn address to God: a formula of worship.
  13. Petition; supplication; reverent address to God.
  14. The act of offering, especially reverent petitions to God; devotion.
  15. A memorial or petition.
  16. Prayerful.
  17. Prayerless.
  18. The earnest asking for a favour; a solemn address to the Supreme Being; as regards the Supreme, " a turning of one's soul in reverence, infinite desire. and endeavour to what is highest and best;" a formula of church service or worship; practice of supplication; that part of a petition which specifies the request.
  19. An earnest and solemn address to God; the form of supplication used; the favour or blessing asked for; earnest entreaty.
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Usage examples for prayer

  1. Their prayer was soon answered. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. He could not put Jesus' prayer out of his mind. – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  3. But prayer is an act. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  4. Must there not be a word of prayer – The Day of Judgment by Joseph Hocking
  5. The spirit of her children's prayer – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  6. He was there, with Lucy's prayer book in his hand, and none of the peace of the day in his heart. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Her eyes were fixed upon him, and he knew that if ever he had seen prayer in a woman's eyes he was seeing it then. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  8. Why were you so quiet to- night in prayer meeting? – Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy
  9. " I think I'll spend the evening at the prayer meeting," he declared, looking in at Emma, as he passed the sitting- room door. – Cynthia Wakeham's Money by Anna Katharine Green
  10. Yes, with a prayer that you would not sign it. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  11. " The spirit of prayer is upon me," he said; and in a moment he added, " Let us pray." – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  12. The Dead Prayer Office. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  13. The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  14. After a little while of silence he said he thought somebody might read a prayer – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. In one of them the bishop was heard leading a score of young men in prayer – The Mystery of Monastery Farm by H. R. Naylor
  16. Mother, one last prayer – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  17. The praicher ded'n come that night, so we turned the sarvice into a prayer meetin'. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  18. " That's the first time I've ever had a prayer answered," he announced. – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  19. We have spoken something of prayer for this end, that your hearts may fall in love with it. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. This 'll do, I 'spect- a bit of the prayer book. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
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