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. a fixed text used in praying
  4. One who prays; a supplicant.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The act of praying: entreaty: the words used: solemn address to God: a formula of worship.
  10. Petition; supplication; reverent address to God.
  11. The act of offering, especially reverent petitions to God; devotion.
  12. A memorial or petition.
  13. Prayerful.
  14. Prayerless.
  15. 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.

Usage examples for prayer

  1. After a little while of silence he said he thought somebody might read a prayer. – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. 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
  3. The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  4. " 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
  5. Must there not be a word of prayer? – The Day of Judgment by Joseph Hocking
  6. Why were you so quiet to- night in prayer- meeting? – Tip Lewis and His Lamp by Pansy
  7. But prayer is an act. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  8. Mother, one last prayer! – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  9. Their prayer was soon answered. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  10. The Dead Prayer Office. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  11. The praicher ded'n come that night, so we turned the sarvice into a prayer- meetin'. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  12. Yes, with a prayer that you would not sign it. – Old Ebenezer by Opie Read
  13. 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
  14. He could not put Jesus' prayer out of his mind. – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  15. The spirit of her children's prayer! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  16. " That's the first time I've ever had a prayer answered," he announced. – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  17. 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
  18. " The spirit of prayer is upon me," he said; and in a moment he added, " Let us pray." – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  19. This 'll do, I 'spect- a bit of the prayer- book. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking