She is the neighbor that prays for you, bakes for you, inquires about each family member, and always has a ready smile.
“I sincerely hope this woman is flattened by a lorry,” prays another.
In New York, Bill de Blasio demands higher taxes and more spending, but prays for safe streets.
In the face of his enemies, he prays that God might forgive them.
She prays to Him, on her knees, on that bathroom floor during the meltdown of her marriage.
In Sonnet 136 he prays her to allow him to be one of her lovers.
She prays to be kept from all sin, not to desire or covet what may not be meant for her.
What duty can be more binding on us than to pray for her that prays not for herself?
Only thim that had sorra knows how to pray, an' he prays like wan that had his fill of it.
The very kneeling-chair, the altar, the church wherein he prays, are undermined.
early 13c., "ask earnestly, beg," also (c.1300) "pray to a god or saint," from Old French preier "to pray" (c.900, Modern French prier), from Vulgar Latin *precare (also source of Italian pregare), from Latin precari "ask earnestly, beg, entreat," from *prex (plural preces, genitive precis) "prayer, request, entreaty," from PIE root *prek- "to ask, request, entreat" (cf. Sanskrit prasna-, Avestan frashna- "question;" Old Church Slavonic prositi, Lithuanian prasyti "to ask, beg;" Old High German frahen, German fragen, Old English fricgan "to ask" a question).
Parenthetical expression I pray you, "please, if you will," attested from 1510s, contracted to pray 16c. Related: Prayed; praying. Praying mantis attested from 1809. The "Gardener's Monthly" of July 1861 lists other names for it as camel cricket, soothsayer, and rear horse.