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Poll: Livin' on a prayer

Which one of these film prayers moved you the most?

Thanks to RbDeraj, peaspot, alioth4, DoctorBuster, jalapenoman and Banjo_oz for some of the suggestions

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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    George Bailey prays to an angel (Clarence) and God to bring him his old life back, after witnessing the world that could have been if he never existed:

    Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.

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    Samson and Delilah (1949)

    Samson prays to God for strength, in order to demolish the temple of Dagon:

    I pray Thee, strengthen me, o God. Strengthen me only this once. [...] My eyes have seen Thy glory, o God. Now let me die with my enemies.

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    Patton (1970)

    General Patton prays to God for good weather and combat strength, just before the Battle of the Bulge:

    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee of Thy great goodness to restrain this immoderate weather with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously harken to us as solders who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.

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    The Hobbit (1977)

    Bard the Bowman prays to his Black Arrow to hit the mark, moments before releasing it at the Dragon Smaug:

    Black Arrow! You've never failed me, and I've always recovered you. I had you from my father, and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true King under the Mountain, go now and speed well!

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    Excalibur (1981)

    Lancelot prays to God to quench his desire for Queen Guinevere, so he could represent her in a duel that might save her life:

    Lord, we are innocent... but not in our hearts. To hold her once in my arms, I would sacrifice everything. Honor. Truth. My sacred trust. God... save me from myself, purge me of this love... so that I can defend her. I fight against myself.

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    Conan the Barbarian (1982)

    Conan prays to his god Crom for revenge, just before the start of a seemingly hopeless battle:

    Crom... I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad... why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!

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    The Flight of Dragons (1982)

    Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe prays to his sword to be sharp, just before facing off against a powerful evil dragon:

    Blade with whom I have lived, blade with whom I now die, serve right and justice one last time, seek one last heart of evil, still one last life of pain... cut well old friend, and then farewell.

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    Amadeus (1984)

    Antonio Salieri recalls his boyhood prayer to God, when he asked Him for fame:

    Lord, make me a great composer. Let me celebrate Your glory through music and be celebrated myself. Make me famous through the world, dear God. Make me immortal. After I die, let people speak my name forever with love for what I wrote. In return, I will give You my chastity, my industry, my deepest humility, every hour of my life, Amen.

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    Boj na Kosovu (1989)

    Princ Stefan Lazarević prays to God for the unity of the Serbian medieval lands (Rascia, Bosnia, Zeta and others), after his father's death in battle:

    Help us, o Lord, that she (the land) which is thrown in the dust, rises from it. That she which is disunited, unites. That she which is blinded, gains a sight. That she which is murdered, tortured and burned, she which is slaughtered, crushed and crucified, she which is buried in known and unknown tombs, and from all her graves and torments resurrected... the whole Serbia gathers under one crown.

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    Glory (1989)

    Private Jupiter Sharts prays to God for an honourable death in battle, prior to the siege of Fort Wagner:

    Tomorrow we goes into battle. So Lordy, let me fight with the rifle in one hand and the Good Book in the other. So that if I may die at the muzzle of the rifle... die on water, or on land, I may know that you blessed Jesus almighty are with me... and I will have no fear.

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    Forrest Gump (1994)

    Jenny Curran prays to God to take her away, while running from her abusive father:

    Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here.

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    The Crucible (1996)

    John, Rebecca and Martha pray to God moments before their hanging, being wrongfully accused of witchcraft:

    Our Father, which art in heaven... hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that respass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [Rebecca is hanged] For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, [Martha is ganged] forever and ever... [John is hanged]

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    The Prince of Egypt (1998)

    Hebrew Slaves pray to God to deliver them, while in Egyptian slavery:

    With the sting of the whip on my shoulder, with the salt of my sweat on my brow, Elohim, God on high, can You hear Your people cry? Help us now, in this dark hour... Deliver us, hear our call! Deliver us, Lord of all, remember us, here in this burning sand! Deliver us, there's a land You promised us! Deliver us to the Promised Land! Deliver us, hear our prayer! Deliver us from despair, these years of slavery grow too cruel to stand! Deliver us, there's a land you promised us! Deliver us out of bondage and... deliver us to the Promised Land! Deliver us, send a shepherd to shepherd us, and deliver us to the Promised Land!

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    The 13th Warrior (1999)

    Buliwyf, Ahmed, and the Vikings pray to their gods for a warrior's death, just before the battle:

    Lo there do I see my father. Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers. Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them... in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live... forever.

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    Bruce Almighty (2003)

    Bruce Nolan prays for his ex-girlfriend, when God asked him whether he wants her back:

    No. I want her to be happy, no matter what that means. I want her to find someone who will treat her with all the love she deserved from me. I want her to meet someone who will see her always as I do now, through Your eyes.

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    Ostrov (2006)

    Father Anatoly prays to God to heal a child called Ivan (Vanya), who can't walk properly because of a broken leg and a rotting hip:

    O Lord and Sustainer, Holy King, You punish, but do not mortify. You support those who fall and uplift those who fell. You remove our bodily sufferings. I beg You, o Lord, grant Your mercy unto Your ill servant Ivan, and forgive him his trespasses, willing and unwilling. O Lord, let Your divine healing power touches upon his body and relieve him of his fever, soothe his pain and weaknesses. Be the healer of Your servant, Ivan, lift him safe and sound from his bed of sickness and suffering. Introduce him to Your holy church, so that he may fulfill Your will, because Yours is to give us grace and salvation, and Yours is the glory, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever, Amen. Glory be to You, our God. O Lord, help poor Vanya... heal his little leg. Lord Almighty, help us feeble ones. Glory be to You, God. I trust in You, o Lord... help us.

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    Avatar (2009)

    Jake Sully prays to the Great Mother Eywa for the spirit of a creature he had just killed (also thanking the animal in the process):

    ​​I see you, Brother, and thank you. Your spirit goes with Eywa, your body stays behind to become part of the People.

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    The Passion of the Christ (2004)

    Jesus Christ prays to his Father (God) to save him, the night before his capture:

    Hear me, Father. Rise up, defend me. Save me from the traps they set for me. Do You really believe, that one man can bear the full burden of sin? Shelter me, o Lord. I trust in You. In You I take refuge. No one man can carry this burden, I tell You. It is far too heavy. Saving their souls is too costly. No one. Ever. No. Never. Father, you can do all things. If it is possible, let this chalice pass from me... But let Your will be done... not mine.

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    The Book of Eli (2010)

    Eli prays to God and thanks him for his guidance:

    D​ear Lord, thank You for giving me strength and conviction to complete the task You entrusted to me. Thank You for guiding me straight and true through the many obstacles in my path, and for keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost. Thank You for Your protection and for Your many signs along the way. Thank You for the good that I may have done. I am so sorry about the bad. Thank You for the friend I made. Please, watch over her as You watched over me. Thank You for finally allowing me to rest. I am so very tired. But I go now to my rest at peace... knowing that I have done right with my time on this earth. I fought the good fight. I finished the race. I kept the faith.​

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    Life of Pi (2012)

    Pi Patel prays to God to reveal His will to him, while stranded in the ocean:

    God? I give myself to You. I am Your vessel. Whatever comes, I want to know. Show me.

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    Gravity (2013)

    Ryan Stone prays to God to pray for her, while stranded in space:

    I'm gonna die, aren't I God? I know we're all gonna die... we're all gonna die. But I'm gonna die today! Funny that You ought to know. But the thing is I'm still scared… I'm really scared. Nobody will mourn for me; no one will pray for my soul. Will You mourn for me? Will You pray for me? Or is it too late? I mean, I'd pray for myself but I've never prayed in my life. Nobody ever taught me how. Nobody ever taught me how.

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    Super (2010)

    Frank Darbo prays to God for the return of his wife who left him, all the while mourning his misfortune:

    God, please guide me. Tell me what to do. I hate you God! I'm sorry I said that. It just seems so unfair, God. Other people have goodness, they have good things, they have love and tenderness, people who care about their lives. Not humiliated at every turn. Other people have things, God, even the starving children in Africa, even their parents love them. Why was I so unlucky, to have my soul born into this disgusting me? This ugly face, this hair that doesn't comb, and this dumb idiotic personality? Other people stare at me, God, I can tell. They are amazed at how something so stupid and idiotic can even exist! Why am I that? Please. God. I just want this one thing, I'll ask for one thing, I'll never ask for anything ever again. Please. Let Sarah be my Sarah again.