Word of the Day: Supplication

Nov 23, 2021 | Words of Wisdom

SUPPLICATION – the act of asking God or someone who is in a position of power for something in a humble way

We come to God in prayer for a variety of reasons—to worship Him, to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, to thank Him for His blessings, to ask for things for ourselves, and/or to pray for the needs of others. The Hebrew and Greek words most often translated “supplication” in the Bible mean literally “a request or petition,” so a prayer of supplication is asking God for something. Unlike the prayer of petition, which is praying on behalf of others, the prayer of supplication is generally a request for the person praying.

Scripture: Psalm 6:9

“The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord receives my prayer.”


“Prayer is the noble supplication which we lift up to the throne of the Most High. It is the most efficient means to obtain from God the graces which we need.” 

— Pier Giorgio Frassati


Sue Schlesman of Crosswalk discusses why the ‘Prayer of Supplication’ is meaningful to Christians. Check out her article for valuable insights on this topic.

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