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Petition vs. Prayer

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Petitionnoun

A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.

Prayernoun

A practice of communicating with one's God.

‘Through prayer I ask for God's blessings.’;

Petitionnoun

A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.

Prayernoun

The act of praying.

‘In many cultures, prayer involves singing.’;

Petitionnoun

(legal) A formal written request for judicial action.

Prayernoun

The specific words or methods used for praying.

‘Christians recite the Lord's Prayer.’; ‘For Baha'is there's a difference between obligatory and devotional prayer.’;

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Petitionnoun

A prayer; a supplication; an entreaty.

Prayernoun

A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.

‘Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.’;

Petitionverb

(transitive) To make a request to, commonly in written form.

‘The villagers petitioned the council to demolish the dangerous building.’;

Prayernoun

A request; a petition.

‘This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.’;

Petitionnoun

A prayer; a supplication; an imploration; an entreaty; especially, a request of a solemn or formal kind; a prayer to the Supreme Being, or to a person of superior power, rank, or authority; also, a single clause in such a prayer.

‘A house of prayer and petition for thy people.’; ‘This last petition heard of all her prayer.’;

Prayernoun

(mostly in negative constructions) The remotest hope or chance.

‘That team doesn't have a prayer of winning the championship.’;

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Petitionnoun

A formal written request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it; specifically (Law), a supplication to government, in either of its branches, for the granting of a particular grace or right; - in distinction from a memorial, which calls certain facts to mind; also, the written document.

Prayernoun

One who prays.

Petitionverb

To make a prayer or request to; to ask from; to solicit; to entreat; especially, to make a formal written supplication, or application to, as to any branch of the government; as, to petition the court; to petition the governor.

‘You have . . . petitioned all the gods for my prosperity.’;

Prayernoun

One who prays; a supplicant.

Petitionverb

To make a petition or solicitation.

Prayernoun

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.

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Petitionnoun

a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

Prayernoun

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.

‘As he is famed for mildness, peace, and prayer.’;

Petitionnoun

reverent petition to a deity

Prayernoun

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.

‘He made those excellent prayers which were published immediately after his death.’;

Petitionverb

write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing

Prayernoun

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’;

Petition

A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity. Petitions to a deity are a form of prayer called supplication.

Prayernoun

reverent petition to a deity

Prayernoun

earnest or urgent request;

‘an entreaty to stop the fighting’; ‘an appeal for help’; ‘an appeal to the public to keep calm’;

Prayernoun

a fixed text used in praying

Prayernoun

someone who prays to God

Prayer

Prayer is an invocation that seeks with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a god or a deified ancestor.

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