Prayer Meaning

❖ 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.

7. Law

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. –


✧ ✦ ✧

❖ Prayer   @  Holman Bible Dictionary /

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. –


✧ ✦ ✧

❖ Prayer   @

“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 –



✧ ✦ ✧

❖ Prayer  King James Dictionary

(or see it @ studylight )

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.

✧ ✦ ✧





Names of God: ★ Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals)

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals)

Exodus 15:26 (NIV) – He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

Exodus 15:26 (NASB) – And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”

Variant spellings: Jehovah-Rophe; Jehovah Rophecha; Jehovah Raphah

Strong’s Reference: H7495 


Meaning and Derivation: 

Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. 

Rapha (râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Rapha – it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17Jer 3:22Isa 30:26Isa 61:1Psa 103:3). 

Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.

“O.T. Names of God.” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 18 Mar, 2017.



Names of God: ★ El Roy : The God Who Sees ( El Ro’ / El Roi )

El Roy (The God Who Sees)

  • Original Word:  ro’iy  רֳאִי
  • Strong’s #H7210
  • Variations: El Ro’ ,  ‘Ēl – Rō’ı̄, 

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” – Genesis 16:13 (NIV) – 

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?” – Genesis 16:13 (AMP) – 

The all-present God. He sees. He knows. He Loves. He Cares. El Roi sees past present and future.

El Roi means first of all that he sees, than it implies a sense of His presence, and it certainly includes an assurance of His perfect care and provision.

No matter where I am, I am never out of God’s sight.

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. – Psalm 33:18-19 – 

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. Psalms 139:7-12 (NASB) – 

This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.  – 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (NASB)  – 

In our affliction or hurt we can find healing, as Kay Arthur said, “Where does healing begin? With the recognition of El Roi, the God who sees. … … The first time we meet God in the Word as El Roi we find Him telling Hagar to go back and deal with the situation.

… … After you realize that He sees, you need to know that in His sovereignty He permitted it. 

… … These truths (which we find in God’s name and character) will be your comfort, your healing, your sanity, your hope, your protection against the fiery darts of the accusing liar. 

< © Arthur, Kay. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God. WaterBrook, 2009. [Kindle Edition – ASIN: B000SEGP1Q]. >


 ro’iy  רֳאִי

< “H7210 – ro’iy – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 27 Mar, 2017. >

< “Strong’s #7210 – רֳאִי – Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon.” Accessed March 27, 2017. >


Names of God: ★ El Elyon : The Most High God

El Elyon (The Most High God)

El Elyon is the name for The Most High God, that designates God as the Sovereign Ruler of all the universe.

  • Original Word: עֶלְיוֹנִין 
  • Strong’s #5946

Deliver, Redeemer, Ruler 

El Elyon – Strong’s #5946 Definition: the Most High

< “Strong’s #5946 – עֶלְיוֹן – Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon.” Accessed March 27, 2017. >

Origin: (Chaldee); corresponding to #5945 ; the supreme: – Most high.

< “Strong’s #5945 – עֶלְיוֹן – Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon.” Accessed March 27, 2017. >  

Greek Equivalent Words: Strong’s

  • 511 ‑ ἀνώτερος (an‑o’‑ter‑os); – higher 
  • #1883 ‑ ἐπάνω (ep‑an’‑o); – above
  • 2082 ‑ ἐσώτερος (es‑o’‑ter‑os)inner (the inner space which is behind the veil)
  • 5231 ‑ ὑπεράνω (hoop‑er‑an’‑o);  above
  • 5308 ‑ ὑψηλός (hoop‑say‑los’)high, lofty (exalted on high) eminent, exalted, highly valued; more exalted
  • 5310 ‑ ὕψιστος (hoop’‑sis‑tos)the Most High, highest, most high, highest, the Supreme


Daniel 4:34-37 (NIV)
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.
37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Psalms 20:1-5 (NIV)
1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support
from Zion.
3 May He remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

If “the name of the God of Jacob” would “set you securely on high”,  if you would trust Him to “send you help from the sanctuary, and support you from Zion” (Psalm 20:1-2), then you must know Him as El Elyon, the Most High. For if God is not sovereign, if He is not in control, if all things are not under His dominion , then He is not the Most High, and you and I are either in the hands of fate (whatever that is), in the hands of man, or in the hands of the devil.

< © Arthur, Kay. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God. WaterBrook, 2009. [Kindle Edition – ASIN: B000SEGP1Q]. >

Daniel 4:34-35 (NIV)
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” 

Isaiah 14:24,27 (NASB)
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, … … 27 For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” 

Isaiah 46:9-11 (NASB)
9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country. Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Daniel 2:20-23 (NASB)
20 Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.
22 “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
23 “To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and power; Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You, For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”

What difference does it make in your life to realize that God is Sovereign, that He is Ruler over all, and that nothing can happen without the ultimate sanction or permission of God? 

< © Arthur, Kay. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God. WaterBrook, 2009. [Kindle Edition – ASIN: B000SEGP1Q]. >


Deuteronomy 32:39 (NASB)
39 ‘See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

1 Samuel 1:5-6 (NASB)
5 but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb.

1 Samuel 2:6-10 (NASB)
6 “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.
8 “He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
9 “He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
10 “Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”

Isaiah 45:5-7 (NASB)
5 “I am the Lord, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me;
6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other,
7 The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.

John 19:10-11 (NASB)
10 So Pilate *said to Him, “You do not speak to me?
Do You not know that I have authority to release You,
and I have authority to crucify You?”
11 Jesus answered,
“You would have no authority over Me,
unless it had been given you from above;
for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NASB)
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

Even when we are wronged by others, we can still give thanks. Although we have been given a free will, still God so rules and overrules that no person, angel, demon, or devil, nor any circumstance of life, can thwart His plan.
El Elyon rules supremely over all. And because He does, you can understand how all things “work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28
In everything you can “give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:18

< © Arthur, Kay. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God. WaterBrook, 2009. [Kindle Edition – ASIN: B000SEGP1Q]. >

Romans 8:28 (NASB) – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NASB) pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. – Psalms 57:2 (NASB) –




Names of God: ★ Elohim : GOD The Creator


Elohim (GOD The Creator)

  • Original Word: אֱלֹהִים
  • “El” means “Mighty” or “Strong”.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things,  and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11 (NASB)

Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, TRUST in the NAME of the Lord and RELY on their God. – Isaiah 50:10 (NIV) –

I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousnessAnd will sing praise to the NAME of the Lord Most High. – Psalms 7:17 (NASB) –  

Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him – John 9:3 (NASB) –

The NAME of the Lord is a STRONG TOWER; The righteous runs into it and is SAFE. – Proverbs 18:10 (NASB) –

For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. – Deuteronomy 10:17 (NASB) –

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. – Romans 11:36 (NASB) –

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.  1 Corinthians 11:7 (NIV) –

🔹GLORY:  In the Hebrew language it means “to give the correct opinion or estimate of.” 

🔹Can you see how awesome it is to know that you have been created for God’s glory? That you are to live in such a way as to give all of creation a correct opinion or estimate of who God is?

🔹if I live for His will, that is His pleasure, or if I bring Him pleasure, it is because I have done His will.

🔹You have seen that you have been created for His glory, for His pleasure. Your life is to be lived in such a way as to reflect Him, to show the world the character of God—His love, His peace, His mercy, His gentleness. You are to live for Him, to accomplish His will. To miss this purpose is to miss fulfillment. It is to have existed rather than to have lived” 

< © Arthur, Kay. Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God. WaterBrook, 2009. [Kindle Edition – ASIN: B000SEGP1Q]. >

Isaiah 43:1-7 (NASB) –  But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.  
“For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.“Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. “Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.“ I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back. ’Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory,Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” 

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things,  and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” – Revelation 4:11 (NASB)

Thou art worthy, O Lord,  to receive glory and honour and power:  for thou hast created all things,  and for thy pleasure they are and were created. – Revelation 4:11 (KJV) – 


Elohim – Strong’s #430  Definition
Plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative: – angels, X exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.

< “Strong’s #430 – אֱלֹהִים – Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon.” Accessed March 25, 2017. >


The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given in the Tanakh: “In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens

< “The Hebrew Name for God – Elohim.” The Hebrew Name for God – Elohim. Accessed March 25, 2017. >


Only Christianity adequately answers the problem of the one and the many. “God,” in today’s passage, is used as the translation of the Hebrew plural noun Elohim. It can be translated “gods,” but the context demands otherwise. Biblical monotheism, as well as the fact that Elohim is often followed by a singular verb, reveals that Scripture conceives of only one God, even when it uses a plural name for Him.
Why, then, do the biblical authors use Elohim if it is a plural noun? Because the Lord’s character and attributes are multifaceted, Elohim describes the depth of the riches of His being. This use, the plural of intensity, emphasizes His transcendence and His authorship of the world’s diversity. Elohim, as a plural of majesty, highlights God’s oneness. Everything ascribed to deity finds its fullness in Him. He is the “Most High God” because being itself finds expression ultimately in Him. Elohim’s orderly cosmos reveals the order in Himself.
Elohim’s Trinitarian existence most fully demonstrates this principle. Three distinct persons exist harmoniously within God’s one essence. A universe of complexity and harmony exists to manifest His unity and complexity to His glory. Moses may not have had the doctrine of the Trinity in mind when He wrote Genesis, but it is not inconsistent with the name Elohim. This name was not inspired haphazardly, for it hints at His unity an complexity.

<“Ligonier Ministries.” Ligonier Ministries. Accessed March 25, 2017. >


Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as “God.” The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from ‘êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, ‘wl (which means “strong”). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: ‘lh (which means “god”) in conjunction with ‘elôah (which means “fear”). And still others presume that both ‘êl and Elohim come from ‘eloah.

< “O.T. Names of God.” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed March 25, 2017. >