prayer

Definitions

  • Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
    Dad Got Down on his Knees and Tried to Say a Prayer 178
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prayer 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"
    • n prayer a fixed text used in praying
    • n prayer earnest or urgent request "an entreaty to stop the fighting","an appeal for help","an appeal to the public to keep calm"
    • n prayer reverent petition to a deity
    • n prayer someone who prays to God
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Decorated brass book clasps found near Jamestown which may have been used on an early Bible or prayer book Decorated brass book clasps found near Jamestown which may have been used on an early Bible or prayer book
BORAK. CALIGRAPHIC PICTURE COMPOSED OF PRAYERS BORAK. CALIGRAPHIC PICTURE COMPOSED OF PRAYERS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer
    • n Prayer One who prays; a supplicant.
    • Prayer 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. "As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer ."
    • Prayer 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. "Their meek preyere ."
    • Prayer 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. "He made those excellent prayers which were published immediately after his death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions.
    • n prayer The act of beseeching, entreating, or supplicating; supplication; entreaty; petition; suit.
    • n prayer In religious usage, a devout petition to an object of worship, as God, or a saint or an angel; an orison: confined in Protestant usage to such petitions addressed to God; more generally, any spiritual communion with God, including confession, petition, adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. See dulia.
    • n prayer The practice of praying, or of communing with God.
    • n prayer The form of words used in praying; a formula of worship: as, the Lord's Prayer.
    • n prayer A form of religious service; a religious observance, either public or private, consisting mainly of prayer to God; a liturgy: often in the plural: as, the service of morning prayer; family prayers.
    • n prayer That part of a memorial or petition to a public body, or of a bill of complaint in equity, which specifies the thing desired to be done or granted, as distinct from the recital of facts or reasons for the grant.
    • n prayer See the qualifying words.
    • n prayer One who prays; a suppliant; a petitioner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first advertisement printed in English in 1477 offered a prayer book. The ad was published by William Caxton on his press in Westminster Abbey. No price was mentioned, only that the book was "good chepe."
    • ns Prayer the act of praying: entreaty: the words used: solemn giving of thanks and praise to God, and a making known of our requests to Him: a form of prayer used in worship: a petition to a public body
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Quotations

  • James Dillet Freeman
    James Dillet Freeman
    “Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
  • John Bunyan
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    “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
  • George Buttrick
    George Buttrick
    “Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.”

Idioms

Wing and a prayer - If you do something on a wing and a prayer, you try to do something and hope you'll succeed even though you have very little chance of success.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F. prière, fr. L. precarius, obtained by prayer, fr. precari, to pray. See Pray (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. preier (Fr. prier)—L. precāriprex, precis, a prayer.

Usage

In literature:

O that prayer-book, that prayer-book!
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The prayers moved by wind-power are merely long strips of cloth on which prayers are often printed.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
But the whole plan was formed without prayer, or at least without earnest prayer.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Then my aunt opened the Bible and read a chapter, and followed it with prayer read out of another book.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
She, amid many prayers and tears, bore everything patiently, and strove to bring up her only daughter in the fear of God.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Prayer as a Form of Isolation.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Daoud stood perfectly still, looking into the violet sky, reciting in his mind the salat, the prayer required of a Muslim five times daily.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Intercession is the most perfect form of prayer: it is the prayer Christ ever liveth to pray on His throne.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
Reinforcements of men and women are needed, but, far above all, reinforcements of prayer.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
We covet prayer for our children.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
He recalled remarking to Pike that it must have been a prayer place for some of the old tribes.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
It was preceded by a long month of solemn prayer, ushering in the New Year.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The Saturday evening public session, with Mrs. Catt presiding, was opened with prayer by the Rev.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
This underlies and is essential to the simplest prayer.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
A current of air caught it and whirled it upwards in token that the prayer was accepted by Those Above.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
For that's prayer, right prayer; the kind that Jesus taught.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He was a man of prayer, and his first sermon to his people was an exhortation to prayer.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
In many, Sunday by Sunday, the names on the Roll of Honour were read out and special prayer offered for them.
"With our Fighting Men" by William E. Sellers
Nevertheless, a busy life" (he adds) "needs a punctual and sustained habit of prayer.
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
And that you may smile on him, is my first and only prayer.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

It is the sound
Raised by the sweeping of an angel's wing,
As through the air
It bears a prayer
Of the soul's uttering.
"What Is A Sigh?" by Walter Richard Cassels
Sweet Love is dead:
Where shall we bury him?
In a green bed,
With no stone at his head,
And no tears nor prayers to worry him.
"Sweet Love Is Dead" by Alfred Austin
Up came the sun, and straight were shining
Steeple and sill and roof:
To such rash prayer and bold repining
A visible reproof.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Nor waits for prayer to rise and climb—
He wakes the sleeping prayer;
He is our father all the time,
And servant everywhere.
"Sympathy" by George MacDonald
One prayer I have — all prayers in one, —
When I am wholly thine;
Thy will, my God, thy will be done,
And let that will be mine.
"One prayer I have -- all prayers in one, --" by James Montgomery
No answer comes for our prayer or curse,
No word replies though we shriek in air;
Ever the taciturn universe
Stretches unchanged for our curse or prayer.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Michael Zamora/Caller-Times Dona Garcia speaks Sept 11 during a prayer rally outside of the Nueces County Courthouse.
Michael Zamora/Caller-Times Dona Garcia (right) thanks member of the Nueces County Fire Department for their service Sept 11 before a prayer rally outside of the Nueces County Courthouse.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel, with a prayer service at 7 pm Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.
Michigan 'Prayer Station' volunteers are political doubting Thomases.
Supporters of a Filipino convicted of drug trafficking in China offer candles as they hold a prayer vigil in Manila December 7.
At the Pilgrim's Bank building across from the Prayer Tower in Pittsburg.
Student Faces Town's Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer.
Jessica Ahlquist, a Rhode Island atheist, won a suit against her school's prayer poster.
After their four-year long battle of struggling to conceive, Bill and Giuliana Rancic's prayers to start a family were answered when they learned a gestational surrogate was carrying their baby.
Pope Benedict and other world religious leaders gather in Assisi for a day of prayer for world peace on Oct 27.
In this May 31, 2002 file photo photo Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
'Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers'.
Recently, some publishers have repackaged their bread-and-butter titles as gift boxes, pairing known bestsellers with certain extras (CDs, prayer flags, Tarot cards, etc.
He received an Emmy Award for his first POV presentation, School Prayer: A Community at War.
The prayer event I wrote about in Saturday's paper, called "Un Continente, Una Oracion," attracted the expected 2,000-plus people from across the region.
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In science:

Now an epistemic state K consists not only of contexts, but of pairs (M , ~u) consisting of a causal model M and a context ~u. (Recall that such a pair is a situation.) Intuitively, now an explanation should consist of some causal information (such as “prayers do not cause fires”) and the facts that are true.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
We think of the ψ component as consisting of some causal information (such as “prayers do not cause fires”, which corresponds to a conjunction of statements of the form (F = i) ⇒ [P ← x](F = i), where P is a random variable describing whether or not prayer takes place).
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
The broadcast have mentioned that there were a few survivors. I expect you immediately to utter a prayer to almighty God that you son should have been among the survivors, and I affirm that such a behavior is the most natural thing in the world.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
However, it is logically impossible to alter the past and such a prayer is blasphemous according to orthodox Jewish theologians , because we are asking God to perform an impossible thing.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Christian tradition, on the other hand, will bless such a prayer.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
Whereas statements, testimonies, and reports are true or false; orders, promises, laws, regulations, proposals, prayers, curses, and so on are not assessed in terms of truth or falsity.
Does Meaning Evolve?
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