What does Prayer mean?

Definitions for Prayer
ˈpreɪ ərprayer

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Wikipedia

  1. Prayer

    "The Prayer is a song by English rock band Bloc Party. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, except in the U. S. where it is the second single. "I Still Remember" was the first song from the album to be released in North America. It was released by Wichita Recordings on 29 January 2007 and is the band's highest charting single worldwide. The lyrics deal with drug use in nightclubs and party environments. Band frontman Kele Okereke says he was inspired to write the song after hearing Busta Rhymes' song "Touch It". He also described the song as having a "crunk-like" effect. A cover version of "The Prayer" by KT Tunstall is included in Radio 1's Live Lounge – Volume 2, and on her single "If Only".

ChatGPT

  1. prayer

    Prayer can be defined as a solemn and deliberate communication or conversation with a higher power or deity. It is a form of spiritual or religious practice where individuals express their thoughts, desires, gratitude, or seek guidance or intervention from a divine entity. Prayer often involves speaking, silently contemplating, or even meditating to connect with the divine, often accompanied by specific rituals or religious customs depending on one's faith. It serves as a means of seeking spiritual comfort, fostering a sense of connection and closeness with a higher power, and expressing one's devotion or faith.

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

Wikidata

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. prayerverb

    Sokoiya art my law; Elohai Neshamah shenatata bi Tehorah. The fear of the Lord is Yahweh enduring forever.

    My prayer brings me comfort, patience and justice.

    Etymology: Telepathic Spiritual Psalm


    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on February 23, 2024  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PRAYER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Prayer is ranked #64721 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Prayer surname appeared 307 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Prayer.

    84% or 258 total occurrences were Black.
    8.1% or 25 total occurrences were White.
    4.8% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.9% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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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Numerology

  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. Linda Thompson:

    I support his courage and commitment to this new chapter of his life, my hope is that his transition will inspire others who struggle with their identities, and my prayer is that humanity has evolved and been educated enough to exercise kindness toward those we may perceive as ‘different.’.

  2. Karen Handel:

    After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday, congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send Lucy McBath only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for Lucy McBath.

  3. Benjamin W. Decker:

    Meditation and prayer work together to facilitate an active two-way relationship between ourselves and God. By adding journaling and reflective writing, we find that the Holy Spirit will use our thoughts and reflections to guide and inspire us, enriching and deepening our understanding of any challenges or difficult circumstances.

  4. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  5. Augusta E. Rundell:

    Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance--a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.

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