pray to

pray to someone or something

to utter prayers of praise or supplication to some divine or supernatural being or something. I pray to God that all this works out. The high priest prayed to the spirits of his ancestors that the rains would come.
See also: pray
References in classic literature ?
Hear us when we pray to Thee; strengthen with Thy might our most gracious sovereign lord, the Emperor Alexander Pavlovich; be mindful of his uprightness and meekness, reward him according to his righteousness, and let it preserve us, Thy chosen Israel
Pray to God that He may in His mercy aid you and have mercy on you
I prayed to my Ehlose, to the spirit that watches me--ay, and I even dared to pray to the Umkulunkulu, the great soul of the world, who moves through the heavens and the earth unseen and unheard.
I, who on earth was named Mother of the Heavens, on behalf of all this company, pray to thee, Queen of the Heavens, for justice on him who murdered us.
Now bring water for our hands, and bid all keep silence while we pray to Jove the son of Saturn, if so be that he may have mercy upon us.
Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other.
And the drivers pray to the lord of the shrine; but the chariot falls to the lot of the god.
In that place all men pray to the great one by the name Telphusian, because he humbled the stream of holy Telphusa.
Next, stand side by side around the altar and pray: and in as much as at the first on the hazy sea I sprang upon the swift ship in the form of a dolphin, pray to me as Apollo Delphinius; also the altar itself shall be called Delphinius and overlooking (12) for ever.
I did not so much as pray to be delivered from it or think of it; it was all of no consideration in comparison to this.
I will pray to Him to teach thee to know Him, and forgive me, that am unworthy to teach thee.
Yes, He has bid us pray to Him, and promised to hear us.
We pray to acknowledge that we are not the center of the universe.
I think religion has caused far too much heartache around the world for me to want to pray to any God.
Objecting to the maleness and hierarchy supposedly inherent in this formula, they have advocated that it be amended so that Jews not pray to a God who is seemingly addressed as a dominating, disempowering, and male Other.