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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

verb
See also: enamel, god, pray
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Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
As it turns out, the only time Jesus prays an intercession for himself, the requested outcome is not granted.
WEST HILLS -- The Korean-American faithful come before dawn, some in warm jackets to guard against the early morning chill, entering the church's white-columned back entrance to pray.
It wasn't until after I began praying the Divine Office that I discovered a new place for me, a place filled with the echoes and spirits of all those who pray it.
We have 140,000 people that have come over the Internet, signing up their commitment to pray daily for the president," William Hunter, president and founder of the initiative, said Oct.
In a second study, the researchers had a group of men and women pray for a close friend every day for four weeks.
This will be a testament to all of the people who don't believe in the power of prayer,'' said Wenda Royster, director of Pray Live, which operates a 24-hour phone and Internet prayer line.
According to Koenig, there have been hundreds of scientific studies conducted over the last 25 years showing that people of religious faith who pray and go to worship regularly are less likely to get sick and that when they do become ill they do better.
5) A devotee Maria Gomez of Pico Rivera kneels to pray near the foot of a 12-foot-tall white cross after an Our Lady of the Rock gathering in the deset ner California City.
It is not insignificant that he prays late at night when he assumes all of us are asleep and out of hearing range.
He even prays for Leo Javier Burgos, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to attempted murder in the shooting that nearly claimed the young boy's life.
God help us when the person who prays hardest wins, particularly in boxing, the most brutal and corrupt game on God's green earth, but prayer is no more appropriate in the more main-stream American sports.
He prays for the students he teaches, for people dealing with life's hardships and for the country.
Eight-year-old Theresa, a Coptic Christian, prays to stave off Jesus' anger and to please her parents.
My cousin prays for me, and my grandmother prays for me all the time.