How Do I Pray When
I Don't Believe or I Feel Too Ill?

...Continues from I Feel Too Sick to Pray

Contents of How do I Pray ...

  • Make a commitment to prayer discipline in the times when you feel better
  • Persevere – Prayer does make a difference (includes a poem)
  • Action Points for How Do I Pray?
  • A Short Prayer to Bless you
  • COMMENT, or SHARE your own wisdom or experience on prayer

Can I ask God for help when I don't believe prayer works?

You may ask:
"How can I pray to God when my faith is gone?"

You may think...
"There is no point in praying without faith."
"Perhaps it is not acceptable to God to pray when I don't believe."

You may say:
"I am too ill to pray."
"And I find it hard to believe that there is any chance of feeling at peace with these symptoms, or any chance of the symptoms going."

Notice your words.
Are they asking for what you want?

Be gentle with yourself as you notice any words that ask for 'what you do not want'.

Now are you willing to replace your words to ask for what you do want?

Now take new thoughts that say the opposite: thoughts of belief...

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How do I pray? -
Replacing Unwanted Thoughts With New Thoughts

Dear God,
I accept that I have faith.
I choose to believe it is growing all the time.

There is always a point to prayer. Prayer takes me from a place of lack into a place of possibility.

God, I am always acceptable to you. The solution is found in allowing myself to be accepted and guided by you .

When I feel doubt or feel ill, I run to you God not from you.

I affirm: I am well enough to pray.

Talking to you leads me in the direction of peace.
Either I will find peace in this situation,
or prayer will lead the situation to change.

Thank you God.


You can also ask God to teach you to pray:
Dear God, how do I pray with belief?

The Bible story of a man who asks Jesus to heal his Son:

“..if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!””
(Mark 9, NIV)


“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I have prayed this prayer many times. I will pray it many times more.

The Bible quote shows that our faith does not need to be perfect to see results.

The man has enough belief that Jesus might be able to help to bring himself to where he is.
He asks for help.
He asks for help in letting go of his unbelief.

These steps are enough for healing to take place.

So don't try to believe. If you knew how to pray with absolute faith, you would do so already.
Just be willing, ask God for help and keep practising belief.

Prayer discipline in the times when you feel better

Many illnesses have fluctuating symptoms. There may be times when you feel you know the answer to "how do I pray?", but do not do so because you want to enjoy the time in which you feel better.
Can you enjoy the time when you feel better by praying?

It is easier to believe you can be healed or experience peace in times when the symptoms are not so strong.
If you are feeling better now, then pray NOW.

Think about practising a traditional prayer.
Think about deciding on some daily prayers.
In a time of distress, it can be easier to pray these prayers than a spontaneous prayer.

How do I pray?
By developing a discipline of prayer. By practising NOW.
Then if there are times when you feel too ill to pray new prayers, or you think: “I cannot pray”, these prayers will be available in your mind.

When you prepare for an exam, do you revise only the night before?

Probably not. It would scare you to see how unfamiliar the information was when you are aware of how much you need it.

No. You prepare in advance. You prepare and prepare until that information comes to the top of your mind when you need it. Then you prepare some more to allow for the fact that you may feel under stress and forget it in the moment of the exam.

The times when you feel more ill are your exam. Don't wait until you are feeling ill to start praying.

Be prepared with chosen words to soothe your mind.
Be ready to give access to God to guide and comfort you.

Prepare yourself so you know how to pray.

If feeling too ill to pray is an issue for you, you may also want to look at the pages of Scriptures About Healing.

Persevere – Prayer does make a difference

A Spiritual Poem About Persevering

You Don’t Have To Be Happy About It

You don’t have to be happy about doing it to
create a new path,

You don’t have to be sure it is the right direction to
press down dirt into
new furrows;

You don’t have to know
it is working.

You have only to make a choice, and
keep on walking.

It's OK not to always feel happy about doing what you have decided to do.

“You are not asked to trust Him far. No more than what you see He offers you, and what you recognize you could not give yourself.” (T-25.VIII.9, A Course In Miracles)

© Katherine T Owen

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Action Points For "How Do I Pray?"

Set your intention for your commitment to prayer:

If there is a future time where you are feeling too ill to pray or too stuck to pray, what will you do or think to help yourself?

Here are some possible responses:

  • Be kind to yourself. You are doing your best.
  • Remember others are praying for you.
  • Send love/light/prayer to another in the same situation.
  • Believe that no matter how small your prayer, God meets you where you are.
  • How do I pray when feeling ill? - Remember you know the answer. Sink into that place of knowing, confident that the answers will come.

A blessing and a short prayer from Katherine

You are well enough to pray.
May it always be so.

Dear God, on behalf of this person, I stop and invite you into this moment.

I invite you to be with us in the moments when we find it hard to call on you for ourselves.

May we always find it easy.

Thank you.


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