Definition for PRAY'ER


  1. In a general sense, the act of asking for a favor and particularly with earnestness.
  2. 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.
  3. A formula of church service, or of worship, public or private.
  4. Practice of supplication. As he is famed for mildness, peace and prayer. – Shak.
  5. 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.

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