The act of appealing to someone or something for assistance or authority, often the summons of a deity
Key passages
2 Mac 14:15

Now upon hearing of the approach of Nicanor and the attack from the Gentiles, the Judeans were sprinkling dirt upon themselves, entreating the one who established his own people forever and who helps always his own portion with an intervention.

2 Mac 14:34–36

Then, after speaking such great threats, he departed. But the priests stretched forth their hands to heaven and called upon the constant defender of our nation and were saying these things: “You, Lord of all, are not in need of possessions. You were pleased to establish a temple for your dwelling …