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 for prayer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prayer \Pray"er\, n.
     One who prays; a supplicant.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prayer \Prayer\ (?; 277), n. [OE. preiere, OF. preiere, F.
     pri[`e]re, fr. L. precarius obtained by prayer, fr. precari
     to pray. See Pray, v. i.]
     1. The act of praying, or of asking a favor; earnest request
        or entreaty; hence, a petition or memorial addressed to a
        court or a legislative body. "Their meek preyere."
        --Chaucer
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     2. The act of addressing supplication to a divinity,
        especially to the true God; the offering of adoration,
        confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme
        Being; as, public prayer; secret prayer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. The form of words used in praying; a formula of
        supplication; an expressed petition; especially, a
        supplication addressed to God; as, a written or
        extemporaneous prayer; to repeat one's prayers.
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              He made those excellent prayers which were published
              immediately after his death.          --Bp. Fell.
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     Prayer book, a book containing devotional prayers.
  
     Prayer meeting, a meeting or gathering for prayer to God.
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     Syn: Petition; orison; supplication; entreaty; suit.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prayer
      n 1: the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a
           petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving);
           "the priest sank to his knees in prayer" [syn: prayer,
           supplication]
      2: reverent petition to a deity [syn: prayer, petition,
         orison]
      3: earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the
         fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to
         keep calm" [syn: entreaty, prayer, appeal]
      4: a fixed text used in praying
      5: someone who prays to God [syn: prayer, supplicant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "prayer":
     Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Mass,
     Paternoster, adjuration, adoration, aid prayer, appeal,
     application, asker, beadroll, beads, bedtime prayer, beggar,
     begging, beseeching, beseechment, bid, bidding prayer, breviary,
     call, camp meeting, chaplet, church, church service, clamor,
     collect, communion, compline, contemplation, cry, devotion,
     devotions, divine service, duty, entreaty, evening devotions,
     evensong, exercises, grace, impetration, imploration, imploring,
     imprecation, intercession, invocation, invocatory plea, lauds,
     litany, liturgy, matins, meditation, meeting, morning devotions,
     night song, none, nones, novena, obsecration, obtestation, office,
     orison, petition, petitioner, plea, pleading, praise meeting,
     prayer meeting, prayer wheel, prayers, praying, prime, prime song,
     public worship, request, revival, revival meeting, rogation,
     rosary, service, sext, silent prayer, suit, suitor, supplicant,
     supplication, supplicator, tent meeting, thanks, thanksgiving,
     tierce, undersong, vesper, vespers, vigils, watch meeting,
     watch night, watch-night service, worship
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Prayer
     is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not
     in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him.
     Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant,
     ejaculatory or formal. It is a "beseeching the Lord" (Ex.
     32:11); "pouring out the soul before the Lord" (1 Sam. 1:15);
     "praying and crying to heaven" (2 Chr. 32:20); "seeking unto God
     and making supplication" (Job 8:5); "drawing near to God" (Ps.
     73:28); "bowing the knees" (Eph. 3:14).
     
       Prayer presupposes a belief in the personality of God, his
     ability and willingness to hold intercourse with us, his
     personal control of all things and of all his creatures and all
     their actions.
     
       Acceptable prayer must be sincere (Heb. 10:22), offered with
     reverence and godly fear, with a humble sense of our own
     insignificance as creatures and of our own unworthiness as
     sinners, with earnest importunity, and with unhesitating
     submission to the divine will. Prayer must also be offered in
     the faith that God is, and is the hearer and answerer of prayer,
     and that he will fulfil his word, "Ask, and ye shall receive"
     (Matt. 7:7, 8; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13, 14), and in the
     name of Christ (16:23, 24; 15:16; Eph. 2:18; 5:20; Col. 3:17; 1
     Pet. 2:5).
     
       Prayer is of different kinds, secret (Matt. 6:6); social, as
     family prayers, and in social worship; and public, in the
     service of the sanctuary.
     
       Intercessory prayer is enjoined (Num. 6:23; Job 42:8; Isa.
     62:6; Ps. 122:6; 1 Tim. 2:1; James 5:14), and there are many
     instances on record of answers having been given to such
     prayers, e.g., of Abraham (Gen. 17:18, 20; 18:23-32; 20:7, 17,
     18), of Moses for Pharaoh (Ex. 8:12, 13, 30, 31; Ex. 9:33), for
     the Israelites (Ex. 17:11, 13; 32:11-14, 31-34; Num. 21:7, 8;
     Deut. 9:18, 19, 25), for Miriam (Num. 12:13), for Aaron (Deut.
     9:20), of Samuel (1 Sam. 7:5-12), of Solomon (1 Kings 8; 2 Chr.
     6), Elijah (1 Kings 17:20-23), Elisha (2 Kings 4:33-36), Isaiah
     (2 Kings 19), Jeremiah (42:2-10), Peter (Acts 9:40), the church
     (12:5-12), Paul (28:8).
     
       No rules are anywhere in Scripture laid down for the manner of
     prayer or the attitude to be assumed by the suppliant. There is
     mention made of kneeling in prayer (1 Kings 8:54; 2 Chr. 6:13;
     Ps. 95:6; Isa. 45:23; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60; 9:40; Eph. 3:14,
     etc.); of bowing and falling prostrate (Gen. 24:26, 52; Ex.
     4:31; 12:27; Matt. 26:39; Mark 14:35, etc.); of spreading out
     the hands (1 Kings 8:22, 38, 54; Ps. 28:2; 63:4; 88:9; 1 Tim.
     2:8, etc.); and of standing (1 Sam. 1:26; 1 Kings 8:14, 55; 2
     Chr. 20:9; Mark 11:25; Luke 18:11, 13).
     
       If we except the "Lord's Prayer" (Matt. 6:9-13), which is,
     however, rather a model or pattern of prayer than a set prayer
     to be offered up, we have no special form of prayer for general
     use given us in Scripture.
     
       Prayer is frequently enjoined in Scripture (Ex. 22:23, 27; 1
     Kings 3:5; 2 Chr. 7:14; Ps. 37:4; Isa. 55:6; Joel 2:32; Ezek.
     36:37, etc.), and we have very many testimonies that it has been
     answered (Ps. 3:4; 4:1; 6:8; 18:6; 28:6; 30:2; 34:4; 118:5;
     James 5:16-18, etc.).
     
       "Abraham's servant prayed to God, and God directed him to the
     person who should be wife to his master's son and heir (Gen.
     24:10-20).
     
       "Jacob prayed to God, and God inclined the heart of his
     irritated brother, so that they met in peace and friendship
     (Gen. 32:24-30; 33:1-4).
     
       "Samson prayed to God, and God showed him a well where he
     quenched his burning thirst, and so lived to judge Israel (Judg.
     15:18-20).
     
       "David prayed, and God defeated the counsel of Ahithophel (2
     Sam. 15:31; 16:20-23; 17:14-23).
     
       "Daniel prayed, and God enabled him both to tell
     Nebuchadnezzar his dream and to give the interpretation of it
     (Dan. 2: 16-23).
     
       "Nehemiah prayed, and God inclined the heart of the king of
     Persia to grant him leave of absence to visit and rebuild
     Jerusalem (Neh. 1:11; 2:1-6).
     
       "Esther and Mordecai prayed, and God defeated the purpose of
     Haman, and saved the Jews from destruction (Esther 4:15-17; 6:7,
     8).
     
       "The believers in Jerusalem prayed, and God opened the prison
     doors and set Peter at liberty, when Herod had resolved upon his
     death (Acts 12:1-12).
     
       "Paul prayed that the thorn in the flesh might be removed, and
     his prayer brought a large increase of spiritual strength, while
     the thorn perhaps remained (2 Cor. 12:7-10).
     
       "Prayer is like the dove that Noah sent forth, which blessed
     him not only when it returned with an olive-leaf in its mouth,
     but when it never returned at all.", Robinson's Job.
     

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRAYER, chanc. pleadings. That part of a bill which asks for relief. 
       2. The skill of the solicitor is to be exercised in framing this part 
  of the bill. An accurate specification of the matters to be decreed in 
  complicated cases, requires great discernment and experience; Coop. Eq. Pl. 
  13; it is varied as the case is made out, concluding always with a prayer of 
  general relief, at the discretion of the court. Mitf. Pl. 45. 
  
  

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