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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.
See also: pray

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

See also: enamel, god, pray
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I feel like I can pray for anything and everything, so I try to keep the habit of releasing everything on my mind when praying.
Praying is not something complicated that has to be taught by experts.
Come to think of it, praying to a God who doesn't exist is the least of my problems.
He uses sermons, magazines, diaries, and letters to reconstruct their emotional lives and theoretical writings from the behavioral and social sciences, literary theory, philosophy, gender studies, and theology to figure out what larger significance we might attach to a city filled suddenly with praying white men.
Those praying address God in the second person as "You O Lord.
However, the high court's decision dealt specifically with school promotion of religion and did not ban praying at football games.
Fundamentalist Ernie is known for advocating rhetorical praying as evidence of his political virtue, instead of good works like providing food for the hungry, health care for children of poor parents, and adequate funds for inner-city public schools.
Acknowledging a thematic inspiration from two lines of Maya Angelou's overprized Clinton inaugural poem, Fagan typically used his personal response to four words--arriving, nightmare, praying, and dream--to create memorable, emotionally charged new movement.
The 2009 Challenge Will Award $25,000 to One Colorado Reader That Sticks to 5 Daily Disciplines Outlined in the New Book, "Stop Praying," for 21 Days and Turns Their Life Around
London, Sep 8 ( ANI ): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has revealed praying for his family and all those he loved before every match he plays.
Regarding their praying routine during the rest of the year, only 48 percent claimed to be just as regular by offering five prayers a day.
A PRIEST has shocked mass-goers by praying for executed dictator Saddam Hussein.
to looking at Jesus' own praying apart from his teaching about prayer.