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To express a solemn but ineffectual request of a temporary nullification of the universe’s laws, especially to an imaginary being of infinite power.
Charles prayed that he would pass math class, but he still finished with a 34%.
by Atheon February 21, 2019
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va way to feel like your helping,without acually doing anything.
man 1 : hey,what are you doing today?
man 2 : going to a funeral
man 1 : well i'll pray for you
man 2 : why,is not goin to do anything
by booboo5729 August 03, 2009
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Something people do to pretend that their apathy is really concern. Also known as "I could care less what happens to you unless it affects me directly, but I don't want anyone to think I'm the craven, spineless self-absorbed weasel I really am." Mostly promised in lieu of actual help.
My grandmother's friend knows that I have a rare blood type and have only a 9% chance of finding a kidney for transplant, but instead of trying to help me avoid a lifetime of dialysis by asking her fellow churchgoers to get tested for crossmatch, she is afraid of "offending" someone by asking, and believes that sending me a worthless little card depicting a no-name saint and a promise to pray for me, ensuring me a much shorter lifespan, largely consisting of sleeping and sitting for 12 hours a week watching my blood go in and out of my body is just as good as asking for donors and that it will help me obtain a kidney. What a joke.
by Chandra February 16, 2005
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"To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy "(Ambrose Bierce. The Devil's Dictionary. 1911).
by Antinous September 11, 2003
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N. 1 To talk to God 2 Get down on your knees and ask God for forgiveness
"Why do so many people pray to God on Sunday.......his day off......."
by Ryan September 09, 2004
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1. To worship a deity/spirit/person showing utter reverence, devotion, and love.

2. To contact spirit(s) that are beyond regular means of human communication for means of asking favors, giving intentions, showing forgiveness, asking of the prayers of the spirit(s), showing reverence or tribute, etc...
1. To worship God.
2. To contact a saint or spirit.
by nikkan_hanil June 30, 2004
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To speak with God; ask him questions, express your heart and plead your case.
He prayed that as he stood in court, God would soften the judge's firm heart.
by Author S. M. L July 06, 2018
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