How To Pray To God -
Do You Need To Believe in God To Pray?

...Continued from Why Do We Pray?

Contents List for How To Pray To God:

1. You Can Learn To Pray

2. Do You Have To Believe In God To Pray?

3. Setting A Timescale For Learning How To Pray

4. Faith Is A Muscle

5. What If Prayer Feels Like I Am Talking To Myself?

6. Will Doubt In God Stop My Prayer Working?

7. Doubt Is Normal


The following articles may also speak to you:
How to Pray To God When You Feel Stuck or Sick

1. Tell yourself I Can Pray

2. Be kind to yourself. Focus on what you are doing well.

3. Pray out loud

4. What if I don't feel anything when I pray?

5. You are doing something wonderful by being willing

6. Others are praying for you (includes a prayer for faith by Katherine)

7. Pray for others

8. Can I ask someone to pray with me or for me?

prayer_for_strength 9. Can I ask God for help with believing?

10. Practise prayer in the times when you feel better

11. Persevere – Does Prayer make a difference? Yes.

12. Action Points About Prayer

A Short Prayer For You From Katherine

SHARE About Your Own Journey With Prayer

Communicating with God, talk and LISTEN

1. You Can Learn To Pray

When speaking of faith, we tend to think we either have faith or we don’t, we either know how to pray, or we don't. The truth is we can learn how to have faith, and how to pray to God in the same way we can learn to do anything else.

I was asked recently: “Katherine, how do I pray?”
What a great question.

If you have found this page on a search engine then you have taken a step which is so important in learning anything new. You have asked the question “How?” How can I pray? How can I pray effectively?

When I was ill, I chose to believe that I could learn how to pray to God, and I did.

If I learned how to pray to God, you can learn too.


2. Do You Have To Believe In God To Pray?

Can I pray if I don't believe in God? Yes. You don't need belief in God to pray. In fact, if you don't believe in God but you want to believe in God, prayer is a great place to start.

Here is an example of how to pray if you don't believe in God, but you are willing to have an experience that will change your mind:



How To Pray For Belief In God - A Prayer For Faith

Dear God,

I am willing to know there is something larger than myself.
I am willing to know there is a bigger picture.
I am willing to open my mind to you.
I ask you to communicate with me, and I am willing to spend time in silence to hear this communication.

I recognise that if I have spent my life blocking out such communication then it may require time and effort to become able to receive it once again.
I am willing to learn how to pray.
It has worked to open others to knowledge of you, so I am willing.

(I will give it a go/I am giving it a go for _____.
I will say/I am saying the following prayers ________ every __________.
I am committed to sitting in silence once every ______.

I am willing to hear you.

I am willing to see evidence of your Love and Guidance in my life.

Lord, teach me to pray.

Thank you.

Amen.


Once you have said this prayer for faith a few times, and if it feels OK for you, then cross out the words "am willing to". It then becomes an affirmation and a stronger prayer to overcome doubt.



A Prayer To Believe In God - An Affirmation For Faith

Dear God,

I know there is something larger than myself.
I know there is a bigger picture.
I open my mind to you.
I ask you to communicate with me, and I spend time in silence to hear this communication.

I am learning how to pray.
I know it has worked for others such as.... (think of a holy person in the faith you follow, or someone you know and feel inspired by.)

I am giving it a go for _____.
I will say/I am saying the following prayers ________ every __________.
I am committed to sitting in silence once every ______.

I hear you.

I see evidence of your Love and Guidance in my life.

Lord, thank you for hearing and responding to my prayers.

I trust in you.

Thank you.

Amen.


Do you feel the difference?
Do you feel how it is a much stronger prayer for faith?

Say whichever prayer for faith feels right for you.


3. Setting A Timescale For Learning How To Pray To God

Where the blanks are in the prayer for faith above, you may wish to enter

  • what prayers or type of prayer you want to commit to
  • a timescale for which to experiment with prayer
  • how frequently, you want to commit to sitting in silence (this could be in nature or anywhere)

When the timescale for experiment is up, ask yourself such questions as:
  • Am I experiencing any benefit from prayer?
  • Do I believe I am learning how to pray to God?
  • Am I willing to keep going with prayer for longer?
  • Do I want to continue with the same prayers or change some?
  • Do I need more support to learn how to pray to God?
  • Do I need more support to commit to prayer?

If you are willing to keep going for longer, set yourself another timescale after which you will assess the results of prayer.

When we are learning how to pray to God, it can be easy to give up. Setting ourselves a time period in which to practise prayer can be a useful discipline to keep us going.

Just remember though, if you do not always pray at the times or with the frequency you decided, be gentle on yourself.

You are willing. You are turning up sometimes. Well done.



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