Pray Means to Beg God?
The Bible For Today represents their DEFINED King James Bible
as the unaltered King James Bible with archaic, obsolete, difficult, or uncommon
words defined. I will get to the
unaltered assertion later but for now we will look at the "uncommon words defined"
Pray is a common word.
The Bible For Today published a copyrighted King James Bible
that defines not only uncommon words, but many common ones too. The practice of
words so as to skew or distort the meaning results in change,
confusion, and subversion—which God is not the author of.
Christians have always believed that "pray" (in the context of
worship) means to talk to God. "In Bible terminology prayer means calling upon
God for things we desire, asking things of God." 
Praying includes petitions,
intercession, penitence, thanksgiving and praise. The Bible is filled with
examples of prayer.
The best way to understand the
meaning of the common word, "pray" is use the bible itself. Since the
Waites used dictionaries, I decided to see if I could find any
dictionary that defined "pray," (in the context of communication with God) as "beg."
I did not find one.
The Webster's 1828 Unabridged Dictionary defines prayer in
worship of God:
worship, to address the Supreme Being with solemnity and reverence, with
adoration, confession of sins, supplication for mercy, and thanksgiving for
blessings received." 
In addition to the context of communicating with God, "pray"
can also mean to ask someone for something with earnestness or zeal or to ask in
a formal manner. Of course the context is crucial for arriving at the
honest definition for the word, "pray."
D. A. Waite, Jr., author of The DEFINED King James Bible,
defined the common word, "pray" in
such a way as to cause you to believe that a Christian's relationship to his or her Heavenly Father is that of a beggar.
The Bible For Today Gave the Word, "Pray" a
The word, "pray" has always had a beautiful meaning for
Christians. Even unbelievers, in this present day will sometimes ask
Christians to pray for them. Contrary to what D.A. Waite Jr. wants you to think,
"pray" is not an uncommon, antiquated, rare,  or negative
Mr. Waite, who wants his readers to think the word, "pray" is
rare (!) has "defined" this precious word as "beg," giving it a
Even though God's people have always understood the word,
to mean presenting requests to God, Waite Jr. wants them to think the number one
definition for the word, pray (in any context) is beg.
wrongful use of the word, "beg" as the
pray, sends a message, and it is not a Christian one.
Pray defined as "ask" (in reference to God) has a positive
Pray defined as "beg" (in reference to God) has a negative
D.A. Waite Jr. defined the word, "pray" in every context,
as "beg, implore, beseech."
Granted, all praying to God must be done with the utmost humility, but his placing the word, beg
at the top of his list of definitions screams CHANGE—as do many of the other word choices
The Bible For Today's
D.A. Waite Jr. chose to "improve" the King James Bible.
It is interesting that D. A. Waite Jr. did not
word, "ask" in his DEFINED King James Bible (not even in the 2011
printing!) but did use "earnestly ask or beg" in his definition for "pray" in
the book, 4,114 Definitions from the Defined
King James Bible, which was published on September 1, 2003. He
definitely favors the word, "beg" in reference to a Christian's communion with
Beggars Have No Right to Expect Anything,
But God's Obedient Children Do
All true prayer must be offered with a humble heart, but know
this: it is the enemy of our souls who wants Christians to think that
"beg" (which is only one kind of asking!) defines the word, "pray."
To Beg has the connotation of asking for alms or charity. Satan wants Christians
to be reduced to nothing but beggars with no expectation of
receiving anything. Genuine Christians are sons of God who (because they are led
of the Spirit) know how to pray in the will of God and thus can properly
expect God to fulfill their petitions.
Beggars have no
receive anything. Sometimes God kindly grants the requests of the unsaved but it
is they who are "beggars" in the sense that they are not in the family of
God, and really have no right to expect God to answer and care for them as his
It is Satan and his followers who want readers of the King
James Bible to think the Lord Jesus Christ lied when he said,
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my
name, I will do it." John 14:13
If the Christian asks
anything according to the will of Jesus Christ, his Heavenly Father will grant
it so that he may be be glorified in the Son. Saints who pray in the will of
God, expecting to be answered, glorify God! Satan wants to give the
impression that God is loathe to grant his children's petitions.
Jesus used the word, "ask" and
taught his disciples to expect an answer:
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7:7,9
John defined prayer as asking:
any man see his brother sin a sin which not unto death, he shall ask,
and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto
death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 1 John 5:16
There is no begging here! Provided that his conditions
are met, God promised healing and forgiveness of sins.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the
Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him
up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:15,16
more examples that prove "beg" is a false definition for
Beg is NOT the meaning of pray.
The basic definition of the word pray is to ask.
God's obedient children may pray with confidence:
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we
ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear
us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of
him. (1 John 5:14,15)
Quoted from The
Weapon of Prayer, Chapter 2 by E.M. Bounds
The Bible For
Today's publication, 4,114
Definitions from the Defined King James Bible by D.A. Waite Jr. dangerously misleads the reader into thinking that "pray" is a rare word! (See
pray ~ Rare
earnestly ask or beg, implore, beseech
connotation is a commonly
understood subjective cultural or emotional
association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or
phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation.
A connotation is frequently described as either
positive or negative, with regards to its pleasing or displeasing emotional
connection. For example, a stubborn person may be described as being either
these have the same literal meaning (stubborn),
admiration for the level of someone's will (a positive connotation), while
frustration in dealing with someone (a negative connotation). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connotation
 4,114 Definitions from the
Defined King James Bible by D.A. Waite pg. 54
pray ~ Rare
earnestly ask or beg, implore, beseech
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DEFINED King James Bible: Definitions For Change