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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...
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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