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.

Quotes of prayer

  1. Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive, has to be ended, has to be put aside, as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head. – Harold Brodkey
  2. Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things. – Samuel Butler
  3. I'll tell you right now. I'm for prayer in school. – Kinky Friedman
  4. Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them. – Dag Hammarskjold
  5. Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends. – Mark Hopkins
  6. My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age. – Toby Keith
  7. Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon. – George MacDonald
  8. Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. – Josh McDowell
  9. As a people of faith, we know that prayer is a powerful instrument. And as one Nation under God, we know that many times our most powerful tool is prayer – Nick Rahall
  10. With that in mind and in celebration of National Prayer Day, today I have proposed in the House of Representatives a Constitutional Amendment that would restore voluntary prayer in our Nation's schools. – Nick Rahall
  11. I pray for miracles. I have always found prayer to bring quick results. – Martha Reeves
  12. I sang at the Inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral. – Michael W. Smith
  13. If we really want to achieve true prayer we must turn our backs upon everything temporal, everything external, everything that is not divine. – Johannes Tauler
  14. Patients describing the benefits of prayer often talk about how it provides a sense of well being. – Armstrong Williams
  15. I believe that prayer is our powerful contact with the greatest force in the universe. – Loretta Young

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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