prayer

The act of communicating in words or in silence with the transcendent God. Conversations between God and men are reported in the OT (e.g. Abraham, Gen. 15:1–6; Moses, Exod. 3:1–4; 33:11; prophets, 1 Sam. 3:4–9). OT prayer includes petition, intercession, confession, and thanksgiving [[➝ thanksgiving sacrifice]], and set hours and days are prescribed for prayer. In the NT Jesus is reported to have prayed to his Father frequently and he gave the ‘ Lord's Prayer’ to the disciples (Matt. 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4). The epistles teach that prayer to God is offered through Christ (Rom. 1:8). NT prayers include praise (Acts 2:47), thanksgiving (1 Cor. 14:16–17), and petition (Phil. 4:6). Prayer is not regarded as a method for compelling God to act but for asking that his will be done and his kingdom come.

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  • PRAYER — PRAYER, the offering of petition, confession, adoration or thanksgiving to God. In the Bible The concept of prayer is based on the conviction that God exists, hears, and answers (Ps. 65:3; cf. 115:3–7) – that He is a personal deity. In a sense it …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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  • prayer — W3S3 [preə US prer] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: preiere, from Latin precaria, from prex; PRAY1] 1.) words that you say when praying to God or gods ▪ Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ▪ The children said… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prayer — / prer/ n: the part of a pleading (as a complaint) that specifies the relief sought; also: a request for relief or some other action by the court Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. prayer …   Law dictionary

  • prayer — [ prer ] noun ** count the words that someone says when they are speaking to God: say a prayer: He said a prayer for their safe return. prayer for: a prayer for peace say your prayers (=pray): I go to church every Sunday and I say my prayers. a.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Prayer — (?; 277), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F. pri[ e]re, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari to pray. See {Pray}, v. i.] 1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prayer — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Prayer» Sencillo de Nami Tamaki del álbum Greeting Publicación 12 de noviembre de 2003 Formato Maxi single …   Wikipedia Español

  • Prayer — Single par Nami Tamaki extrait de l’album Greeting Face A Prayer Face B real dreaM Sortie 12 novembre 2003 …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Prayer —    Prayer has been defined as the soul s converse with God, or communion with God in devotional exercises, and may be said to be a universally recognized necessity in the life of man. But prayer involves much more than simply asking for certain… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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