❖ Prayer @ The American Heritage Dictionary
a. A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship: belief in the power of prayer.
2. An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving: One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
3. A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
4. prayers A religious observance in which praying predominates: morning prayers.
a. A fervent request: Her prayer for rain was granted at last.
b. The thing requested: His safe arrival was their only prayer.
6. The slightest chance or hope: In a storm the mountain climbers won’t have a prayer.
a. The request for relief by a party initiating a lawsuit, stated in the pleadings.
b. The portion of the pleadings that contains this request. –
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❖ Prayer @ Holman Bible Dictionary / studylight.org
PRAYER in the Bible involves the dialogue between God and people, especially His covenant partners.
Prayer will lead to a greater communion with God and a greater understanding of His will. –
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❖ Prayer @ Dictionary.com
“Prayer: pleading, especially with a deity”
Synonyms: answer adoration, appeal, application, begging, benediction, beseeching, communion, devotion, entreaty, grace, imploration, imploring, imprecation, invocation, litany, orison, petition, plea, pleading, request, request for help, rogation, service, suit, supplication, worship –
“Appeal: request for help”
Synonyms: address, adjuration, application, bid, call, claim, demand, entreaty, imploration, importunity, invocation, overture, petition, plea, prayer, proposal, proposition, question, recourse, requisition, solicitation, submission, suit, supplication –
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❖ Prayer @ King James Dictionary
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PRA’YER, n. In a general sense, the act of asking for a favor, and particularly with earnestness.
1. In worship, a solemn address to the Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, or an expression of our sense of God’s glorious perfections, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for his mercies and benefits. A prayer however may consist of a single petition, and it may be extemporaneous, written or printed.
2. A formula of church service, or of worship, public or private.
3. Practice of supplication.
As he is famed for mildness, peace and prayer.
That part of a memorial or petition to a public body, which specifies the request or thing desired to be done or granted, as distinct from the recital of facts or reasons for the grant. We say, the prayer of the petition is that the petitioner may be discharged from arrest. –
PRAY, L. precor proco this word belongs to the same family as preach and reproach Heb. to bless, to reproach rendered in Job 2.9 , to curse properly, to reproach, to rail at or upbraid. In Latin the word precor signifies to supplicate good or evil, and precis signifies a prayer and a curse. See Imprecate.
1. To ask with earnestness or zeal, as for a favor, or for something desirable to entreat to supplicate.
Pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you. Matthew 5
2. To petition to ask, as for a favor as in application to a legislative body.
3. In worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with adoration, confession of sins, supplication for mercy, and thanksgiving for blessings received.
When thou prayest, enter into thy closet,and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6
4. I pray, that is, I pray you tell me, or let me know, is a common mode of introducing a question.
PRAY, To supplicate to entreat to urge.
We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5
1. In worship, to supplicate to implore to ask with reverence and humility.
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 8 .
2. To petition. The plaintiff prays judgment of the court.
He that will have the benefit of this act, must pray a prohibition before a sentence in the ecclesiastical court.
3. To ask or intreat in ceremony or form.
Pray my colleague Antonius I may speak with him.
In most instances, this verb is transitive only by ellipsis. To pray God, is used for to pray to God to pray a prohibition, is to pray for a prohibition, &c.
To pray in aid, in law, is to call in for help one who has interest in the cause.
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