pray for

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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
References in classic literature ?
When they prayed for those who hate us, she tried to think of her enemies and people who hated her, in order to pray for them.
But she could not pray that her enemies might be trampled under foot when but a few minutes before she had been wishing she had more of them that she might pray for them.
When Father Sergius assured her that only God could heal the sick, she replied that she only wanted him to lay his hands on the boy and pray for him.
Ay, pray for me, pray for me; and what noise soever
He had prayed that I should miss the catch, and as I think I have already told you, it is considered unfair in the Gardens to pray for victory.
But still they tarried, and in my vision Unandi spoke: "We tarry, Queen of the Heavens--we tarry to pray for justice on him who murdered us.
I says to myself, if a body can get anything they pray for, why don't Deacon Winn get back the money he lost on pork?
You're old enough to pray for yourself, Anne," she said finally.
Pray for me, Eliza; perhaps the good Lord will hear you.
Oh, I daresay we all pray for some things that we really don't want, if we were only honest enough to look into our hearts," owned Aunt Jamesina candidly.
Although many Catholic parents do not pray with their family, they most often pray for their family, with 83 percent of parents stating they 'always or most of the time' pray for the well-being of their family.
When you hear a country mentioned in the news, you can use "Pray for the World" to pray for it in light of what God is doing there.
Then we pray for all our family members and anyone rise who needs our prayers.
I pray for the man who wears a white sheet, and the man who sells
In addition, objective observers found that those who engaged in partner-focused prayer exhibited more positive behaviour towards their partners compared to those who did not pray for their partner.