The Apostle John says:
"In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created...
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son." John 1:1-3,14
"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One—that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:20
The Apostle Nathanael says:
“Rabbi,” Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:49
The Apostle Peter says:
"Simeon Peter, a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:1
The Apostle Thomas says:
"Thomas responded to Him, 'My Lord and my God!'” John 20:28
The Apostle Paul says:
"Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ Himself was an Israelite as far as His human nature is concerned. And He is God, the One Who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen." Romans 9:5
"... while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13
"Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the Head over every ruler and authority." Colossians 2:8-10
The writer to the Hebrews says:
"In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His Nature, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." Hebrews 1:2-3
And Jesus Himself says:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
"I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look—I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades." Revelation 1:17-18
So here we see Jesus Christ Himself and 5 of His apostles stating very clearly that Jesus is God.
If anyone wants to pray to Jesus, they can do so anytime of the day or night no matter where they are. The apostles prayed to Jesus in Acts 1. The first martyr, Stephen, prays to Jesus in Acts 7. Jesus Himself tells them, "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it." John 14:14
Because HE is GOD.
He is omniscient, He is omnipresent, and He is omnipotent.
He knows all things, He is everywhere, and He has all power.
And all worship is due to Him for His goodness, grace and mercy.