What is prayer?

  • (noun): Someone who prays to God.
    Synonyms: supplicant
    See also — Additional definitions below

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.

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Some articles on prayer:

Dawud - Importance of David in Islam
... Mount, while he searched for the Mihrab Dawud (David's prayer-niche) to perform a prayer ... In a hadis, the prayer and fasting of David is mentioned to be dear to God ... Apostle told me, "The most beloved prayer to Allah is that of David and the most beloved fasts to Allah are those of David ...
Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala - Prayer
... Representative Sherrod Brown of Ohio invited Samuldrala to offer the opening prayer n September 14, 2000 to coincide with an address to a joint session of Congress by the Prime Minister of ... He opened the House's day with the following prayer "O God, You are Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient ... We end this invocation with a prayer from the ancient scriptures of India May all be happy May all be free from disease May all realize what is good May none be subject to misery Peace, peace ...
Prayer, Meditation And Contemplation In Christianity - Hierarchy of Prayer Forms - Contemplation
... In contemplative prayer, this activity is curtailed, so that contemplation has been described as "a gaze of faith", "a silent love" ...
Glorious Mysteries - Approved Form - Variations and Common Pious Additions
... See also Rosary based prayers Some Catholics recite the Fatima Decade Prayer at the end of each decade ... Some add the Miraculous Medal prayer "O Mary, conceived without sin..." or the Fatima Ave refrain ("Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!") ... add a praying of a pious Eucharistic prayer "O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine" at the end of ...
Raka'ah
... of the prescribed movements and words followed by Muslims while offering prayers to Allah of Arabia ... In the concluding portion of the prayers, the worshiper recites "Peace be upon you, and Allah of Arabia's blessing" once while facing the right, and once while the face is turned to the left ... It also refers to a single unit of Islamic prayers ...

More definitions of "prayer":

  • (noun): A fixed text used in praying.
  • (noun): The act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving).
    Example: "The priest sank to his knees in prayer"
    Synonyms: supplication

Famous quotes containing the word prayer:

    It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty.
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

    We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
    —Morning Prayer, General Confession, Book of Common Prayer (1662)

    That high All-seer which I dallied with
    Hath turned my feigned prayer on my head,
    And given in earnest what I begged in jest.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)