pray for


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pray for

1. To utter a prayer to God or some other deity as an entreaty for the physical or spiritual wellbeing of someone. We've all been praying for you after the accident. Let us all bow our heads and pray for those unfortunate souls lost in the accident.
2. To utter a prayer to God or some other deity as an entreaty for something to happen or be granted. We've been praying for rain, but this drought is showing no sign of abating. I'll pray for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.
See also: pray

pray for someone or something

 
1. to beseech God, or some other deity, on behalf of someone or something. I will pray for you to recover from your illness quickly. As the fire spread throughout the old church, the congregation prayed for its preservation.
2. to ask God, or some other deity, to grant something. The family prayed for David's safety. All the people prayed for peace.
See also: pray
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I often conclude my time by calling to mind all those who have asked me to pray for them.
I pray for rosemary in the window, and nasturtium in the backyard.
My personal view is that to pray for world peace is idealistic in the extreme.
I will pray for a church that does not decry an inquisition
We are asking people to choose one friend or family member for whom they will pray every day and buy them an egg this Monday as a reminder to pray for them.
Certainly, as a nervous flyer, I never board an aircraft without saying a few quiet words to Him upstairs and I did pray for England in the Rugby World Cup final.
God is in control - we must respond to His call to pray for peace and protection.
Weathers, How To Pray For Your Wife: A 31-Day Guide is an interactive prayer journal, designed to be consumable if the user wishes to write in it, offering daily entries specifically to pray for one's wife, or wife-to-be if one is single.
30 to pray for a peaceful resolution to the disputed aboriginal land claim in Caledonia.
Charles and companions to pray for a favourable turn of events.
To help you, try this Five-Finger Prayer: (1) Your thumb is nearest - pray for those closest to you.
pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Some said they had come not only to pray for John Paul, but to pray to him.
Pray for the election of leaders who have the ability to make the way plain and clear, inspiring the citizenry to follow them to victory.