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, to
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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 concluded.
Of the 428 respondents, the majority were: female (76%), The survey found that approximately 80% of participants pray to God every day.
Secondly, remember, when we pray to God we are seeking and being granted an audience with the Lord our God in the throne room of eternity.
Naturally primitive man tried to pray to them, as he had not developed tools for self-defence.
As each began to pray to Jesus, Mary, or our favorite saint to intercede on our behalf, Sister Marilyn cautioned us to choose our words carefully.
It is important to be alert and vigilant and for those who pray to pray for the purposes of the enemy may not be fulfilled in our nation," he said.
The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed they had no other recourse but to pray to God.
"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 you look at the Bible, God isn't real fond of people who pray to false gods."
The Senate should pray to God for forgiveness of sins.