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
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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
Then I am going into the city centre to listen to people's hopes and fears and ask them what they would want me to pray for.
I PRAY for world peace - otherwise known as George Bush being incarcerated in a padded cell.
We pray for Kim Jong Il to repent for his evilness and for the regime to fall, and also pray for the unification of North and South (Korea,)'' the Rev.
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.
At VMI, students were literally being pressured to pray for their suppers.
We pray for the unemployed, the overworked, for those who work in the mass media.