Definitions of prayer

  1. earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. reverent petition to a deity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. someone who prays to God Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a fixed text used in praying Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. One who prays; a supplicant. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A set of beliefs concerning the nature, cause, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency. It usually involves devotional and ritual observances and often a moral code for the conduct of human affairs. (Random House Collegiate Dictionary, rev. ed.) Medical Dictionary DB
  11. Thanks and praise given to God, and requests made of him; a form of words suited to an appeal to God; a form of religious service for public worship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. The act of praying: entreaty: the words used: solemn address to God: a formula of worship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Petition; supplication; reverent address to God. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. The act of offering, especially reverent petitions to God; devotion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A memorial or petition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Prayerful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Prayerless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The earnest asking for a favour; a solemn address to the Supreme Being; as regards the Supreme, "a turning of one's soul in reverence, infinite desire. and endeavour to what is highest and best;" a formula of church service or worship; practice of supplication; that part of a petition which specifies the request. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. An earnest and solemn address to God; the form of supplication used; the favour or blessing asked for; earnest entreaty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. The object of this article will be to touch briefly on -- 1. The doctrine of Scripture as to the nature and efficacy of prayer; 2. Its directions as to time, place and manner of prayer; 3. Its types and examples of prayer. 4. Scripture does not give any theoretical explanation of the mystery which attaches to prayer. The difficulty of understanding real efficacy arises chiefly from two sources: from the belief that man lives under general laws, which in all cases must be fulfilled unalterably; and the opposing belief that he is master of his own destiny, and need pray for no external blessing. Now, Scripture, while, by the doctrine of spiritual influence it entirely disposes of the latter difficulty, does not so entirely solve that part of the mystery which depends on the nature of God. It places it clearly before us, and emphasizes most strongly those doctrines on which the difficulty turns. Yet while this is so, on the other hand the instinct of prayer is solemnly sanctioned and enforced on every page. Not only is its subjective effect asserted, but its real objective efficacy, as a means appointed by God for obtaining blessing, is both implied and expressed in the plainest terms. Thus, as usual in the case of such mysteries, the two apparently opposite truths are emphasized, because they are needful: to mans conception of his relation to God; their reconcilement is not, perhaps cannot be, fully revealed. For, in fact, it is involved in that inscrutable mystery which attends on the conception of any free action of man as necessary for the working out of the general laws of Gods unchangeable will. At the same time it is clearly implied that such a reconcilement exists, and that all the apparently isolated and independent exertions of mans spirit in prayer are in some way perfectly subordinated to the one supreme will of God, so as to form a part of his scheme of providence. It is also implied that the key to the mystery lies in the fact of mans spiritual unity with God in Christ, and of the consequent gift of the Holy Spirit. So also is it said of the spiritual influence of the Holy Ghost on each individual mind that while "we know not what to pray for, "the indwelling" Spirit makes intercession for the saints, according to the will of God." ( Romans 8:26 Romans 8:27 ) Here, as probably in still other cases, the action of the Holy Spirit on the soul is to free agents what the laws of nature are to things inanimate, and is the power which harmonizes free individual action with the universal will of God. 5. There are no directions as to prayer given in the Mosaic law: the duty is rather taken for granted, as an adjunct to sacrifice, than enforced or elaborated. It is hardly conceivable that, even from the beginning public prayer did not follow every public sacrifice. Such a practice is alluded to in ( Luke 1:10 ) as common; and in one instance, at the offering of the first-fruits, it was ordained in a striking form. ( 26:12-15 ) In later times it certainly grew into a regular service both in the temple and in the synagogue. But, besides this public prayer, it was the custom of all at Jerusalem to go up to the temple, at regular hours if possible, for private prayer, see ( Luke 18:10 ; Acts 3:1 ) and those who were absent were wont to "open their windows toward Jerusalem," and pray "toward" the place of Gods presence. ( 1 Kings 8:46-49 ; Psalms 5:7 ; 28:2 ; 138:2 ; Daniel 6:10 ) The regular hours of prayer seem to have been three (see) ( Psalms 55:17 ; Daniel 6:10 ) "the evening," that is the ninth hour ( Acts 3:1 ; 10:3 ) the hour of the evening sacrifice, ( Daniel 9:21 ) the "morning," that is, the third hour ( Acts 2:15 ) that of the morning sacrifice; and the sixth hour, or "noonday." Grace before meat would seem to have been a common practice. See ( Matthew 15:36 ; Acts 27:35 ) The posture of prayer among the Jews seems to have been most often standing, ( 1 Samuel 1:26 ; Matthew 6:5 ; Mark 11:25 ; Luke 18:11 ) unless the prayer were offered with especial solemnity and humiliation, which was naturally expressed by kneeling, ( 1 Kings 8:54 ) comp. 2Chr 6:13; Ezra 9:5; Psal 95:8; Dani 6:10 or prostration. ( Joshua 7:6 ; 1 Kings 18:42 ; Nehemiah 8:6 ) 6. The only form of prayer given for perpetual use in the Old Testament is the one in ( 26:5-15 ) connected with the offering of tithes and first-fruits, and containing in simple form the important elements of prayer, acknowledgment of Gods mercy, self-dedication and prayer for future blessing. To this may perhaps be added the threefold blessing of ( Numbers 6:24-26 ) couched as it is in a precatory form, and the short prayer of Moses, ( Numbers 10:35 Numbers 10:36 ) at the moving and resting of the cloud the former of which was the germ of the 68th Psalm. But of the prayers recorded in the Old Testament the two most remarkable are those of Solomon at the dedication of the temple, ( 1 Kings 8:23-58 ) and of Joshua the high priest, and his colleagues, after the captivity. ( Nehemiah 9:5-38 ) It appears from the question of the disciples in ( Luke 11:1 ) and from Jewish tradition, that the chief teachers of the day gave special forms of prayer to their disciples as the badge of their discipleship and the best fruits of their learning. All Christian prayer is, of course, based on the Lords Prayer; but its spirit is also guided by that of his prayer in Gethsemane and of the prayer recorded by St. John, ( John 17:1 ) ... the beginning of Christs great work of intercession. The influence of these prayers is more distinctly traced in the prayers contained in the epistles, see ( Romans 16:25-27 ; Ephesians 3:14-21 ; Philemon 1:3-11 ; Colossians 1:9-15 ; Hebrews 13:20 Hebrews 13:21 ; 1 Peter 5:10 1 Peter 5:11 ) etc., than in those recorded in the Acts. The public prayer probably in the first instance took much of its form and style from the prayers of the synagogues. In the record on prayer accepted and granted by God, we observe, as always, a special adaptation to the period of his dispensation to which they belong. In the patriarchal period, they have the simple and childlike tone of domestic application for the ordinary and apparently trivial incidents of domestic life. In the Mosaic period they assume a more solemn tone and a national bearing, chiefly that of direct intercession for the chosen people. More rarely are they for individuals. A special class are those which precede and refer to the exercise of miraculous power. In the New Testament they have a more directly spiritual hearing. It would seem the intention of Holy Scripture to encourage all prayer more especially intercession, in all relations and for all righteous objects. biblestudytools.com
  21. The request contained in a bill in equity that the court will grant tlie process, aid. or relief which the complainant desires. Also, by extension, the term is ap- plied to that part of the bill which contains this request. thelawdictionary.org
  22. is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal. It is a "beseeching the Lord" ( Exodus 32:11 ); "pouring out the soul before the Lord" ( 1 Samuel 1:15 ); "praying and crying to heaven" ( 2 Chronicles 32:20 ); "seeking unto God and making supplication" ( Job 8:5 ); "drawing near to God" ( Psalms 73:28 ); "bowing the knees" ( Ephesians 3:14 ). Prayer presupposes a belief in the personality of God, his ability and willingness to hold intercourse with us, his personal control of all things and of all his creatures and all their actions. Acceptable prayer must be sincere ( Hebrews 10:22 ), offered with reverence and godly fear, with a humble sense of our own insignificance as creatures and of our own unworthiness as sinners, with earnest importunity, and with unhesitating submission to the divine will. Prayer must also be offered in the faith that God is, and is the hearer and answerer of prayer, and that he will fulfil his word, "Ask, and ye shall receive" ( Matthew 7:7 Matthew 7:8 ; 21:22 ; Mark 11:24 ; John 14:13 John 14:14 ), and in the name of Christ ( John 16:23 John 16:24 ; 15:16 ; Ephesians 2:18 ; 5:20 ; Colossians 3:17 ; 1 Peter 2:5 ). Prayer is of different kinds, secret ( Matthew 6:6 ); social, as family prayers, and in social worship; and public, in the service of the sanctuary. Intercessory prayer is enjoined ( Numbers 6:23 ; Job 42:8 ; Isaiah 62:6 ; Psalms 122:6 ; 1 Timothy 2:1 ; James 5:14 ), and there are many instances on record of answers having been given to such prayers, e.g., of Abraham ( Genesis 17:18 Genesis 17:20 ; 18:23-32 ; Genesis 20:7 Genesis 20:17 Genesis 20:18 ), of Moses for Pharaoh ( Exodus 8:12 Exodus 8:13 Exodus 8:30 Exodus 8:31 ; Exodus 9:33 ), for the Israelites ( Exodus 17:11 Exodus 17:13 ; Exodus 32:11-14 Exodus 32:31-34 ; Numbers 21:7 Numbers 21:8 ; Deuteronomy 9:18 Deuteronomy 9:19 Deuteronomy 9:25 ), for Miriam ( Numbers 12:13 ), for Aaron ( Deuteronomy 9:20 ), of Samuel ( 1 Samuel 7:5-12 ), of Solomon ( 1 Kings 8 ; 2 Chr. 6 ), Elijah ( 1 Kings 17:20-23 ), Elisha ( 2 Kings 4:33-36 ), Isaiah ( 2 Kings 19 ), ( Jeremiah 42:2-10 ), Peter ( Acts 9:40 ), the church ( 12:5-12 ), Paul ( 28:8 ). No rules are anywhere in Scripture laid down for the manner of prayer or the attitude to be assumed by the suppliant. There is mention made of kneeling in prayer ( 1 Kings 8:54 ; 2 Chronicles 6:13 ; Psalms 95:6 ; Isaiah 45:23 ; Luke 22:41 ; Acts 7:60 ; 9:40 ; Ephesians 3:14 , etc.); of bowing and falling prostrate ( Genesis 24:26 Genesis 24:52 ; Exodus 4:31 ; 12:27 ; Matthew 26:39 ; Mark 14:35 , etc.); of spreading out the hands ( 1 Kings 8:22 1 Kings 8:38 1 Kings 8:54 ; Psalms 28:2 ; 63:4 ; 88:9 ; 1 Timothy 2:8 , etc.); and of standing ( 1 Samuel 1:26 ; 1 Kings 8:14 1 Kings 8:55 ; 2 Chr 20:9 ; Mark 11:25 ; Luke 18:11 Luke 18:13 ). If we except the "Lord's Prayer" ( Matthew 6:9-13 ), which is, however, rather a model or pattern of prayer than a set prayer to be offered up, we have no special form of prayer for general use given us in Scripture. Prayer is frequently enjoined in Scripture ( Exodus 22:23 Exodus 22:27 ; 1 Kings 3:5 ; 2 Chr 7:14 ; Psalms 37:4 ; Isaiah 55:6 ; Joel 2:32 ; Ezek. 36:37 , etc.), and we have very many testimonies that it has been answered ( Psalms 3:4 ; 4:1 ; 6:8 ; 18:6 ; 28:6 ; 30:2 ; 34:4 ; 118:5 ; James 5:16-18 , etc.). "Abraham's servant prayed to God, and God directed him to the person who should be wife to his master's son and heir ( Genesis 24:10-20 ). "Jacob prayed to God, and God inclined the heart of his irritated brother, so that they met in peace and friendship ( Genesis 32:24-30 ; 33:1-4 ). "Samson prayed to God, and God showed him a well where he quenched his burning thirst, and so lived to judge Israel (Judg. 15:18-20 ). "David prayed, and God defeated the counsel of Ahithophel ( 2 Samuel 15:31 ; 16:20-23 ; 17:14-23 ). "Daniel prayed, and God enabled him both to tell Nebuchadnezzar his dream and to give the interpretation of it ( Daniel 2: : 1623 -23). "Nehemiah prayed, and God inclined the heart of the king of Persia to grant him leave of absence to visit and rebuild Jerusalem ( Nehemiah 1:11 ; 2:1-6 ). "Esther and Mordecai prayed, and God defeated the purpose of Haman, and saved the Jews from destruction ( Esther 4:15-17 ; Esther 6:7 Esther 6:8 ). "The believers in Jerusalem prayed, and God opened the prison doors and set Peter at liberty, when Herod had resolved upon his death ( Acts 12:1-12 ). "Paul prayed that the thorn in the flesh might be removed, and his prayer brought a large increase of spiritual strength, while the thorn perhaps remained ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ). "Prayer is like the dove that Noah sent forth, which blessed him not only when it returned with an olive-leaf in its mouth, but when it never returned at all.", Robinson's Job. biblestudytools.com
  23. Solemn request to God or object of worship; formula used in praying, e.g. LORD\'s p.; form of divine service consisting largely of pp., as morning p., evening p., family pp.; action, practice, of praying; entreaty to a person; thing prayed for; p.-book, book of forms of p., esp. Book of Common P., public liturgy of Church of England; p.-meeting, religious meeting at which several persons offer p.; p.-wheel, revolving cylindrical box inscribed with or containing pp., used esp. by Buddhists of Tibet. Hence prayerful, prayerless, aa. prayerfully, prayerlessly, advv., prayerfulness, prayerlessness, nn. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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