- prayer [ prer ] noun **count the words that someone says when they are speaking to God:say a prayer: He said a prayer for their safe return.prayer for: a prayer for peacesay your prayers (=pray): I go to church every Sunday and I say my prayers.a. uncount the act or practice of speaking to God:He was a firm believer in the power of prayer.in prayer: A group of Christians knelt in prayer.b. prayers plural a regular religious ceremony with prayers:daily/morning/evening prayers: He reads the Koran and attends daily prayers.not have a prayer INFORMALto not have a chance or possibility of success:They didn't have a prayer without a backer for the new company.3. ) count INFORMAL a strong hope or wish for something:an answer to someone's prayer: The job seemed like the answer to her prayers.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.