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15th May '18 8:02:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In his first appearance it was his first resort, being a priest and all. His shock and despair over not getting a response (because his GodIsDead) fuels his entire character arc.
29th Apr '18 6:18:40 PM LittleDancerGirl
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*''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The Bajorans are a religious people (it doesn't hurt that their gods turn out to actually exist), though exactly how this plays out varies based on the individual. Kira is usually an ActionGirl, not necessarily given to faith as the first answer for everything, but she'll turn to prayer when all else fails. The most notable example is in "Starship Down", after Sisko is gravely injured and she fears that he may be dying.
-->'''Kira:''' I know my beliefs make you uncomfortable around me sometimes, and that maybe that's why you keep me at arm's length. But I don't care about that right now and I am going pray, because I don't know what else to do. I'm losing you and I can't let that happen.
31st Mar '18 9:33:14 AM TheTeaMustFlow
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* ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'': "In his final terrified moments Molotov seems to have found God, for he asked the executioner if he could say a prayer. [[KickTheDog This request was denied]] [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor (when Stalin heard the story he burst into laughter and mockingly imitated Molotov saying the Lord's Prayer)]]."
30th Mar '18 5:02:32 AM isoycrazy
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** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist does resort to praying to Anoia, [[OddJobGods Goddess of Lost Causes and Things Stuck in Drawers]]. [[spoiler:When [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a very strange coincidence]] saves him from his ex-partner in crime Cribbins, he resolves to make a thanksgiving offering of a ''really'' big ladle, just to be on the safe side.]]

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** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Moist does resort to praying to Anoia, [[OddJobGods Goddess of Lost Causes and Things Stuck in Drawers]]. [[spoiler:When [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a very strange coincidence]] saves him from his ex-partner in crime Cribbins, he Cribbins when the dentures Cribbins stole from a dead man years ago break and explode in the man's mouth, Moise resolves to make a thanksgiving offering of a ''really'' big ladle, just to be on the safe side.]]
2nd Feb '18 2:29:12 AM lillolillo
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/JohnConstantine is worried that the Girl of Steel won't survive the next battle, so he resorts to pray -something he seldom does, even though he's quite aware of the existence of gods in the setting-. As it turns out, [[spoiler:his prayer is answered]].
-->"Hello, I know You're listening," he said. "Sorry to bother You in the middle of the day and all. Look, we're in a bit of a bind. I know y'got summat y'could have against me. Let's not get into that now, all right? I'm not askin' any favors for me, in particular. Well, I'd prefer not to go like instant-start charcoal, but what the hell, excuse me, that just slipped out.\\
"I'm askin' for the kids. If they could be brought through this thing simon-pure, I'd really appreciate it. And the two Action guys, they shouldn't even be in this. Them gettin' their trousers burnt really wouldn't be Marquis of Queensbury. Now, would it?\\
"But the thing I'm really askin'... the thing I'm really askin'... is for Miss, excuse me, Ms. Kara there. And maybe for her guy, too. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not poaching her. But the kid's got something to her. Makes me feel kinda good, hangin' around her. You know what I'm talkin' about? Well, I expect so. She's one solid gal, she is. And from what I've gathered here, she and that Dev guy haven't had much time together. So it'd be really bleedin' improper for one or both of ‘em to catch the night train prematurely, now, wouldn't it? I mean, wouldn't it?\\
"So it's like... if'n You can bring ‘er through this... and maybe her man, too... You've got my marker. For whatever that's worth. I may have walked the fence, but I don't welsh. Ask me mates. I've gone hungry till next week's payday to pay off a bet."\\
Constantine was silent for a second. Kara made no sound at all.\\
"Want me to sweeten the pot? Well, what? All right, I'll go to church. Just once! What else? Ah, lemme see... oh, cripes, I would think of that. I don't really wanna do that. Oh, all right. If you get ‘em both through, I'll... I'll vote for Maggie Thatcher.\\
"But just once!"\\
There was a pause, and a sound of shoes scuffing. Then Constantine said, "Oh, one more thing. If that bloke Rao is anywhere in the block, he better come through for them. He blew it with Krypton. If he blows it with this one, I'll come up there and kick his ruddy pants for him. That's all."
2nd Feb '18 2:27:39 AM jormis29
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* A genuine option in the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} pen & paper RPG, high level clerics have tiny chance (a matter of 3% or so) to turn the tide massively in their favour when all seems lost by praying to their god(s).

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* A genuine option in the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} pen & paper RPG, ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', high level clerics have tiny chance (a matter of 3% or so) to turn the tide massively in their favour when all seems lost by praying to their god(s).
1st Feb '18 10:00:16 PM KingLyger
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* "Night Crawler" by Music/JudasPriest features some victims being stalked by the titular beast.
-->Sanctuary is being sought\\
Whispered prayers, a last resort!
28th Jan '18 10:11:22 AM Nintendoman01
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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''Series/{{Angel}}'' fic ''FanFic/BringMeToLife'', Willow, having been cornered by Warren and Amy and being [[BroughtDownToNormal drained of her magic]] by Warren's RayGun, gives a desperate prayer to ThePowersThatBe to save her. Her prayer is answered; [[BewareTheNiceOnes Whistler]] shows up and drives Amy and Warren off.
11th Jan '18 6:06:39 AM DaibhidC
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If the character issues the prayer as an ultimatum that will determine their belief in God, they're playing ReligiousRussianRoulette. See also CrisisOfFaith, InMysteriousWays, and GodIsGood. Compare and contrast with HaveYouSeenMyGod and EvilStoleMyFaith.

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If the character issues the prayer as an ultimatum that will determine their belief in God, they're playing ReligiousRussianRoulette. See also CrisisOfFaith, InMysteriousWays, and GodIsGood. Compare and contrast with HaveYouSeenMyGod and EvilStoleMyFaith. Supertrope to SayYourPrayers (where the character is actually about to die).
1st Jan '18 12:57:27 AM JackG
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** Subverted in "Scorpion, Part One". Captain Janeway has TwoRoadsBeforeYou; give up on their quest to go home, or enter a battlefield between two vastly powerful alien species and face death or assimilation. To seek inspiration she goes to Leonardo di Vinci holodeck program. Leonardo suggests that 'Katrina' accompany him to a church and they pray for guidance. [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Janeway politely turns down the offer]], but then has a EurekaMoment -- what if she made a [[EnemyMine deal with the Devil instead?]]

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** Subverted in "Scorpion, Part One". Captain Janeway has TwoRoadsBeforeYou; give up on their quest to go home, or enter a battlefield between two vastly powerful alien species and face death or assimilation. To seek inspiration she goes to the Leonardo di Vinci holodeck program. Leonardo suggests that 'Katrina' Janeway accompany him to a church and they pray for guidance. [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions Janeway politely turns down the offer]], but then has a EurekaMoment -- what if she made a [[EnemyMine deal with the Devil instead?]]
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