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pray tell

set phrase Please tell me (about something). Pray tell, will your lovely wife be accompanying you to the gala this evening? A: "Sir, we have received news of the king's response." B: "Pray tell!"
See also: pray, tell

family that prays together stays together

Prov. Families who practice religion together will not break apart through divorce or estrangement. Mother believed that the family that prays together stays together and insisted that we all say prayers every night.
See also: family, pray, stay, that, together

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

pray over something

 
1. to say grace over a meal. Do you pray over your meals? We prayed over dinner just after we sat down to eat.
2. to seek divine guidance about something through prayer. I will have to think about it and pray over it awhile. I'll have an answer next week. She prayed over the problem for a while and felt she had a solution.
See also: over, pray

pray to someone or something

to utter prayers of praise or supplication to some divine or supernatural being or something. I pray to God that all this works out. The high priest prayed to the spirits of his ancestors that the rains would come.
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pray to the porcelain god

Sl. to kneel at the toilet bowl and vomit from drunkenness. Wally spent a while praying to the porcelain god last night. I think I have to go pray to the porcelain god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the porcelain god

and pray to the enamel god
in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Refers to being on one’s knees [praying] in front of a porcelain toilet bowl.) Wayne was in the john, praying to the enamel god.
See also: god, porcelain, pray

pray to the enamel god

verb
See also: enamel, god, pray
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Whatever the outcome, it can matter to a person who is sick that the congregation is praying for them--and driving them to medical appointments and bringing meals.
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Sitting by her bedside, watching and praying, Gary and Julie DeBondt are keeping a vigil for their 4-year-old daughter suffering from a rare and serious disease.
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I've been praying for this for four years, for unity,'' Rose Kiewit said.
I never took much interest in praying for the dead myself until Maria, the one person next to God who was deserving of all my love, lost control of her motorcycle and slammed into a guardrail.
This is a day when people who don't regularly go to God are praying.
At one point in the film, after finding out Joy's cancer has gone into remission, one of Lewis' friends says to him, "I know how hard you have been praying, and now God is answering your prayer.
com/JohnnieM/status/884942560439009281) A photograph of President Donald Trump praying with a group of evangelical leaders in the Oval Office was met with mixed feelings from the public Wednesday.
A Catholic priest said praying for the dead and visiting cemeteries on Nov.
Important guidelines offer help in praying for prodigals, praying with children, and teaching them to pray.
Praying together as a Christian couple is important.
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.
Washington, May 19 ( ANI ): Praying for a partner may lead towards a more cooperative and forgiving behaviour towards them, a new study has claimed.