A supplication is a request for a need. Think of the related English word supply. It is used as a synonym for prayer. The Greek and Hebrew words may also be translated prayer, petition, plea, entreaty, and request. Its verb form means to beg or plead. Luke 9:38; 2 Chronicles 6:21

Supplication is commonly offered on behalf of others. James instructed Christians to supplicate for each other to be healed. Paul supplicated for the salvation of his fellow Jews. James 5:16; Romans 10:1

Supplication may also be a personal request. The supplication of Zechariah for a child was granted. Paul urged supplications for civil leaders to create a peaceful environment for Christians. Luke 1:13; 1 Timothy 2:1-4

God promises to listen to the supplications of the righteous. 1 Peter 3:12

The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God...     And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-6, 19

~ SR

Related words: hosanna, amen

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Supplication.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: .