And finally on the same subject move to this page to find the following:
7. Can I ask God for help with believing?
8. Persevere even when you feel prayer makes no difference
9. Action Points About Prayer
10. A Short Prayer For You From Katherine T Owen (me!)
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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.
Can I pray if I don't believe in God?
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:
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.
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.
Where the blanks are in the prayer for faith above, you may wish to enter
When the timescale for experiment is up, ask yourself such questions as:
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.. at least sometimes. Well done.
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Questions about faith and healing. Waiting for healing. What if there are barriers to my claiming healing? Does God love me? Frustration. Discouraged. Testimony. Peace that passes understanding.
Thinking of leaving Christianity because religion is unpopular, because it makes mistakes, because of opposition to your being someone with a faith and religion? I left church. I returned.