What does Prayer mean?

Definitions for Prayer
ˈpreɪ ərPrayer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Prayer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prayer, supplicationnoun

    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"

  2. prayer, petition, orisonnoun

    reverent petition to a deity

  3. entreaty, prayer, appealnoun

    earnest or urgent request

    "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"

  4. prayernoun

    a fixed text used in praying

  5. prayer, supplicantnoun

    someone who prays to God

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prayernoun

    Etymology: priere, Fr.

    They did say their prayers, and address’d them
    Again to sleep. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    O remember, God!
    O hear her prayer for them as now for us. William Shakespeare.

    Were he as famous and as bold in war,
    As he is fam’d for mildness, peace and prayer. William Shakespeare.

    My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. Romans x. 1.

    Sighs now breath’d
    Inutterable, which the spirit of prayer
    Inspir’d. John Milton.

    No man can always have the same spiritual pleasure in his prayers; for the greatest saints have sometimes suffered the banishment of the heart, sometimes are fervent, sometimes they feel a barrenness of devotion; for this spirit comes and goes: Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.

    Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for. Edward Stillingfleet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prayernoun

    one who prays; a supplicant

  2. Prayerverb

    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

  3. Prayerverb

    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

  4. Prayerverb

    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

Freebase

  1. Prayer

    Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. Prayer can be a form of religious practice, may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one's thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others. Yoga is also a common form of prayer. Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time. Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. Meta-studies of the studies in this field have been performed showing evidence only for no effect or a potentially small effect. For instance, a 2006 meta analysis on 14 studies concluded that there is "no discernable effect" while a 2007 systemic review of intercessory prayer reported inconclusive results, noting that 7 of 17 studies had "small, but significant, effect sizes" but the review noted that the most methodologically rigorous studies failed to produce significant findings. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous other studies, with contradictory results. There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. prayer

    A supplication intended for the person who prays. Only very dull people doubt its efficacy.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4373

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4732

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prayer' in Nouns Frequency: #1354

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prayer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prayer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Prayer in a Sentence

  1. Susan Sutton:

    She is a woman of great faith and prayer, and I think that, along with her very spitfire personality, is what's getting her through, and it gives me the courage to know this is going to work.

  2. Naghmeh Abedini:

    I am extremely thankful the president took the time to meet with our family and told us that securing the release of my husband is a top priority, the president was focused and gracious, showing concern to me and my children. I know that this meeting could not have occurred without prayer and I am grateful to the many people around the country and world who continue to pray for Saeed’s release.

  3. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith:

    In my heart, I believe that Birmingham Police is alive, and we are going to press forward in hopes that Birmingham Police is. It is my hope and prayer that we are able to bring Birmingham Police back home to Birmingham Police family safely.

  4. Stevie Nicks:

    I felt that this was its time, its reason, i understood what it meant then and what it means now. Please God, show them Show Them The Way. Please God, on this day. Spirits all, give them the strength. Peace can come if you really want it. I think we're just in time to save it. I hope that this song and its words will be seen as a prayer. A prayer for our country. A prayer for our world.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Kindness is my prayer. Humanity is my abode.

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