pray to

pray to (someone or something)

To utter prayers to some deity, spiritual being, or object of worship. The tribe were all too busy praying to the statue in the middle of the village to notice us. The only thing to do at a time like this is pray to God or whomever, or whatever, you believe in.
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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
He points out that we don't pray to change God's mind.
We Pray in Many Ways" is a beautiful child's first book of ways to pray to God.
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.
If a community is Mormon, that community should pray to their god.
When I was young and I went to Catholic school - an all girls' school - we were told to pray to God and pray to Jesus, but I always prayed to women.
We pray to invoke your grace in the face of horror.
But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
On the flip side, we can pray to those who have already gone on to eternal life because they are specially poised to intercede on our behalf.
One letter I recently read from a devotee said that she would "continue to pray to St.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us,'' Lincoln wrote.