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petition

1. a written document signed by a large number of people demanding some form of action from a government or other authority
2. Law a formal application in writing made to a court asking for some specific judicial action
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To begin with, more confusion surrounds petitionary prayer than any other type of prayer.
As a means of analysing servants' petitionary letters, politeness theory thereby offers one method of describing how the mitigative language male servants like Gnateshale use to voice their requests can also act as a creative rhetorical tool by which they manage Margaret Paston's public face or 'worshep', using their words to preserve, enhance, or even refashion it.
However, it is important that we distinguish between prayer understood primarily as petition, and praise, although both are elemental and protean forms of the human response to God.(7) Petitionary prayer is based upon need and originates in fear and anxiety.
Some may say that since the Talmud's rationale for women being obligated in tefillah is that they, too, have petitionary needs, it follows that they are only obligated in weekday tefillah, which is petitionary, and not the musaf and festival tefillot, which are not.
If prayers from all times are perceived by God in a tenseless present, Webb argues that prayer for the dead becomes no more problematic than petitionary prayer about the future.
Jane responds not only with a campaign of petitionary letters for redress to Queen Elizabeth and later to King James, but more remarkably develops a hybrid form of petitionary life writing in her manuscript A True Declaration of the Misfortunes of fane Danyell.
One may counter this by suggesting that if one cannot pray for rain, then there is little point in any petitionary prayer.
By marked contrast, liberal and modernist ministers described the very fate of Christian faith as at stake if Americans turned to Sunday's brand of Christianity--a Christianity that included, for example, petitionary prayer.
Such examples, especially that of Boethius, fostered a medieval perception that first-person testimonial accounts written from prison had inherent credibility; medieval audiences 'saw imprisonment as a situation of such suffering that it evoked not simply penitence, but also petitionary confession and truth-telling'.
The genre of some of the Psalms, such as whether they are thanksgiving or petitionary Psalms, can be unclear.
PETITIONARY PRAYER ON BEHALF OF OTHERS IS A PROMINENT AND GROWING