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Petition vs. Prayer

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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.
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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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Petition

A solemn supplication or request, especially to a superior authority; an entreaty.
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Prayer

A reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship.
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Petition

A formal written document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority.
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Prayer

The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another object of worship
Belief in the power of prayer.
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Petition

A formal written application seeking a court's intervention and action on a matter
A petition for review of a previous court's decision.
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Prayer

An act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving
One evening a week, the family would join together in prayer.
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Petition

A pleading initiating a legal case in some civil courts
A bankruptcy petition.
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Prayer

A specially worded form used to address God, a god, or another object of worship.
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Petition

Something requested or entreated
Granted our petition.
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Prayer

Prayers A religious observance in which praying predominates
Morning prayers.
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Petition

To address a petition to
Petitioned the king for a pardon.
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Prayer

A fervent request
Her prayer for rain was granted at last.
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Petition

To ask for by petition; request formally
Petitioned that the sentence be reduced.
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Prayer

The thing requested
His safe arrival was their only prayer.
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Petition

To make a request, especially formally
Petitioned for retrial.
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Prayer

The slightest chance or hope
In a storm the mountain climbers won't have a prayer.
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Petition

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

The request for relief by a party initiating a lawsuit, stated in the pleadings.
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Petition

A compilation of signatures built in order to exert moral authority in support of a specific cause.
We're looking to get 10,000 people to sign the petition to have the bird colony given legal protection.
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Prayer

The portion of the pleadings that contains this request.
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Petition

(legal) A formal written request for judicial action.
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Prayer

(uncountable) A practice of communicating with one's God, or with some spiritual entity.
Through prayer I ask for God's guidance.
In many cultures, prayer involves singing.
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Petition

A prayer; a supplication; an entreaty.
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Prayer

(countable) An act of praying.
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Petition

(transitive) To make a request to, commonly in written form.
The villagers petitioned the council to demolish the dangerous building.
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Prayer

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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Petition

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.
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Prayer

A meeting held for the express purpose of praying.
Grandpa never misses a chance to go to prayer.
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Petition

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.
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Prayer

(countable) A request; a petition.
This, your honor, is my prayer; that all here be set free.
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Petition

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.
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Prayer

The remotest hope or chance.
That team doesn't have a prayer of winning the championship.
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Petition

To make a petition or solicitation.
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Prayer

One who prays.
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Petition

A formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
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Prayer

One who prays; a supplicant.
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Petition

Reverent petition to a deity
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Prayer

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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Petition

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

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.
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Prayer

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.
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Prayer

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
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Prayer

Reverent petition to a deity
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Prayer

Earnest or urgent request;
An entreaty to stop the fighting
An appeal for help
An appeal to the public to keep calm
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Prayer

A fixed text used in praying
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Prayer

Someone who prays to God
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