Definition of prayerful in English:



  • 1Characterized by or expressive of prayer.

    ‘the church has a prayerful atmosphere’
    • ‘The evening promises to be prayerful, celebratory and reflective.’
    • ‘Focus on God's will and be open to its renewing work in Scripture, in words that form in your heart after prayerful contemplation, in things you read, hear or see in daily living.’
    • ‘We strive to recognize a unity of prayerful faith in a diversity of cultural expressions.’
    • ‘For many who have tried it, this type of prayerful meditation has brought new insights to the text and even led to a new understanding of Jesus as someone who is present for each of us, here and now.’
    • ‘We're talking about a dramatic societal change that requires prayerful and deliberate theological reflection, and one would expect some resistance.’
    • ‘I was somewhat gloomy and depressed those days, but I felt refreshed by the surrounding trees and prayerful atmosphere.’
    • ‘A few minutes would be spent in prayerful meditation to express gratitude to the ultimate cosmic power, which we call God, for everything in life.’
    • ‘The people of Tinryland expressed their sorrow in prayerful ways during the week.’
    • ‘But if children become accustomed to washing one another's feet, a prayerful atmosphere in a family or church school setting would not be foreign to them.’
    • ‘A quiet prayerful atmosphere always prevails at Crohill Mass Rock, which stands in a small sheltered field on the top of Crohill in the townland of Crobane.’
    • ‘It was in that prayerful atmosphere, as he pondered the greatness of the Lord and fixed his mind on God's love, that this writer felt as if he were being drawn into the inner chamber of the Lord.’
    • ‘But prayerful meditation quietly assures me that mutual love in the context of a greater love for God can only be good.’
    • ‘Thoughtful, prayerful discussion helps us decide about the kind of care we want during times of serious illness.’
    • ‘Serious, selfless, and prayerful discernment is needed.’
    • ‘Was her artwork something of an expression of her prayerful life, or contemplative life?’
    • ‘These peaceful spaces, designed with a sensitivity to experience and light, will instill reverence, and facilitate thoughtful - even prayerful - reflection.’
    • ‘Plan two is inspired by an Islamic courtyard, intended originally as a place for prayerful contemplation.’
    • ‘And the essence of any such prayerful self-examination is to do so honestly, which is hard.’
    • ‘The Parish would like to extend best wishes and prayerful thoughts to all students who will sit their Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘The counselor contemplates these counseling agreements in light of God's eternal covenant through prayerful reflection.’
    pensive, thinking, reflective, contemplative, musing, meditative, introspective, philosophical, cogitative, ruminative, absorbed, engrossed, rapt, preoccupied, deep in thought, immersed in thought, lost in thought, in a brown study, brooding, broody, serious, studious, solemn, dreamy, dreaming, wistful, melancholy, sad
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) given to praying; devout.
      • ‘His hands folded reverently, he appeared calm and prayerful, despite the repeated flick of his eyes towards the back of the church.’
      • ‘Mary is seen as the pious, prayerful one, and an exemplar of contemplative life, whereas Martha is less spiritual but actively engaged in practical aspects of life.’
      • ‘And I'm grateful that he's a prayerful man, yes.’
      • ‘It can change a person from being prayerful and hopeful to one who is despairing.’
      • ‘For John, mystical theology is a gift of grace by which a prayerful person stands before and has some kind of experience of the presence of God.’
      • ‘This central ritualistic moment appealed to all the senses: bells were rung, incense burnt, and candles lit, so that the layperson would see the elevation of the body of Christ, would bow in reverence, and be appropriately prayerful.’
      • ‘But people were also contemplative and prayerful.’
      • ‘My other memory of him was that of a prayerful person.’
      • ‘People want well-read, reflective, and prayerful preachers.’
      • ‘Effigies of their parents, Richard and Magdalen, are sheltered in a magnificent canopied tomb in the south transept, eight prayerful and reverent children gathered behind them.’
      • ‘It is a book worth having and giving as a gift to a prayerful friend.’
      • ‘The quiet testimony of humble, honest, prayerful believers can be enormously effective.’
      • ‘They were, he said, spiritually minded, prayerful and generous.’
      • ‘Well, 60 years ago, a worried and prayerful mother wrote a detailed diary about her three sons fighting in World War II.’
      • ‘He was a most prayerful man often spending up to seven hours a day in prayer in his private chapel.’
      • ‘Places of worship were - and still are - the most popular of such sites because the passers-by tended to be more prayerful and more disposed to give generously.’
      • ‘A prayerful woman from her youth, she imagined a life free of family obligations and devoted to the Church.’
      • ‘Here, seeing was surely believing, but truly spiritual seeing was itself a miracle, uniquely manifested by divine grace to this holiest of prayerful petitioners.’
      • ‘He is a very prayerful person but very humble and I don't think he will change as a person.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Pope John Paul II was a leader of manifest holiness and a faithful and prayerful friend of the Anglican Church.’’
      pious, religious, devoted, dedicated, reverent, god-fearing, believing, spiritual, holy, godly, saintly, faithful, dutiful, righteous, churchgoing, orthodox
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