I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.

Sometimes the idea of God makes a lot of sense but all of the ramifications of believing in God are hard to swallow. If you find yourself wishing you could believe, you’re not alone. Consider praying a prayer like this:

God, I don’t know if you’re out there. I’m not sure how I feel about you if you are. But if you do exist I’d like to know more about you. Reveal yourself to me. Help me to find you.

It says very clearly in the Bible that those who seek God will find him. Ask God to reveal himself to you. Be honest about your reservations. God is not offended by questions or doubts.

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213 Responses to “I want to believe in God but I don’t know how.”

  • Teddy says:

    I don’t quite know where to start with this. But here it goes.
    I have been quite skeptical recently over the existence of God, and to put it in short I need some help in regards to believing in Him. I have been doing significant amounts of research to try and strengthen my faith yet all I ever come up with is more evidence contradicting a God. I have always been a Christian and I feel my faith slipping from my once strong grasp. Many things in Christianity are quite debatable and hard to believe in. There are some contradictory subjects in the Bible and the majority of the science I have learned goes against things stated in the Bible.

    I want to believe in God and I don’t want to lose my faith. I am seeking Jesus once more and I want to have the strong faith I once did. I have already asked some friends but my opinion has not been swayed. Please reassure me that God is real and help me strengthen my faith if you can.

    Keep in mind I am not trying to debate anything, I simply want guidance towards seeking God.

    Thanks,

    Teddy

  • Alexander McIntosh says:

    I love God with all my heart I know he is real but I am just having a really hard time believing I don’t really know what’s my purpose. Every time I find a way to get better at something I find myself going 2 steps back I know he has a plan for me I just need him to show me the way I just really need his help.

  • Mari says:

    I am a Christian and a strong believer in Jesus, I use to talk to HIM and I would get a respond either via the bible or somebody,lately it feel like I cant hear or get any respond when I talk to the LORD. everything that can go wrong is going wrong. It feel as if GOD has abandon me. has GOD close the doors for me.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    to Laura– thank you for your openness about your doubts about God and your experiences, I also face doubt about God I think what if I go to heaven and there is no heaven and what I believed in was for nothing, prayer father God I pray for Laura and her questioning you I pray for Christians that believe in you to come across her path to encourage her and give her dreams and visions that you love her and to show her that you are real and to reveal yourself to her whatever she can feel or see it that she knows that you are real and you do have a good plan for her life I pray all of this in JESUS name amen, I am praying for you Laura from sharon

  • Laura says:

    I used to be very religious, but for years I have felt so distanced from faith because I’ve seen such hypocrisy from so many self-professed Christians. I’ve found it hard to reconcile the intolerance and hate I see and hear from those people with the love and peace that I want to be at the center of my life. Recently, and for the first time in a LONG time, I’m feeling like there might be a way to have faith and be different from the religious people with whom I’ve had such negative interactions, but I’m not sure where to even begin with that. I’m not sure if I even believe in God now or what that would mean for my life. I want the comfort and peace that I know can come with faith and spirituality, but again, I’m just not even sure where to start. Have any of you faced doubts like this?

  • Laura says:

    I used to be very religious, but for years I have felt so distanced from faith because I’ve seen such hypocrisy from so many self-professed Christians. I’ve found it hard to reconcile the intolerance and hate I see and hear from those people with the love and peace that I want to be at the center of my life. Recently, and for the first time in a LONG time, I’m feeling like there might be a way to have faith and be different from the religious people with whom I’ve had such negative interactions, but I’m not sure where to even begin with that. I’m not sure if I believe in God anymore, or what that would even mean for my life. Have any of you faced doubts like this?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Mary, you ask a good question, the answer of which I learned from my math teacher. I know that sounds like an unlikely theological source but let me show you what I mean. In math I was taught that this symbol ? represents infinity. My math teacher taught me that infinity divided in half is still infinity (?/2=?) We continued to work explore ? and found that if you try to divide it by any number the answer always is ?. God is an infinite God, without any limits. If you try to divide Him in half, you still have an infinite God. If you try to divide God into the number of people who have ever lived in all of history there is still an infinite God for each and every one of us. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?!

    Lord God, I pray that Mary would experience Your unlimited love and Your unlimited attention on her. Help her to find the same comfort that David felt when he wrote “Where can I go from Your Presence? Wherever I go, You are there.” (Psalm 139) Let her realize that You are with her, leading and guiding every moment so that she can accomplish the purpose for which You created her. Amen.

    Hey Mary, if you have any more math problems let me know :)

  • Mary says:

    It’s very very difficult to find personal God. To come to conclusion that God is here right for me. There are so many people. Why me?

  • Vanessa says:

    To Hanny, when people argue w you about whether or not God exists…tell them what He has done for you and your family. He washed us with His blood and gave us a testimony. That testimony is proof…you are proof of His works. My testimony would be that He made a horrible relationship w my then cheating drug addict boyfriend into a loving and happy marriage where my husband is faithful, loyal, loving and drug free…with both of our kids that praise the Lord and sing worship music and ask to go to church. I thank Him everyday and know without a shadow of doubt that He is real because of what He’s done for our family and nothing could ever change that for me. Maybe you believe because your spirit craves and believes in Him. You have a seed that has been planted and watered and will continue to be watered because of the way you were brought up. When it comes down to it…it’s about faith…faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. You can’t explain it but you know it’s real, your spirit knows it’s real, everything in you knows it’s real. When you see the picture w your blindfold off it’s real, when you see the picture the way the world does…it’s not logical, we need scientific evidence, that is not faith. I say keep on with your faith Hanny, use your testimony as proof of His works in you and your family! I love ypu, God bless!

  • hanny says:

    well, here’s the problem i know that i believe in God but i still don’t know why do i believe in God and it makes me feel sad. My mom is a strong believers and always go to the church, do many services to people and help them. I still don’t know why do i believe in God but i know that he is exist and when someone come to me and try to argue with me whether God is exists or not, i can’t explain in to them that God is exist, please help me thank you GBY :) and please excuse my english..

  • Urbrother says:

    To Rachael my sister in The Christ. Like the saying goes…You can’t see the forest for the trees. The proof of God is all around you. Stop believing in God and just believe God. Stop seeking signs. Jesus warned us that an adulterous nation seeks after signs. When you pray, pray for the insight to recognize the whispers of the Spirit. We must approach God in prayer with sincere heartfelt repentance. King David teaches us this in Psalm 51:16,17. To read what he did it will be found in 2Samuel 11. Continue in prayer, build your faith and act on it for faith without works is dead. Let your faith shine forth for all to see as exampled to us in Luke 11:33. I pray for you Rachael and for all the lost sheep of the world. Amen.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    to Ana God is every where with you too all the time but it is for fellowship with other believers that we go to church if your parents church doesn’t suit you how about finding a church with young people that you can attend and feel more at home there with people more your age would that be a possibility for you to think about and would your parents agree to you going elsewhere with people more your age so you can fit in and feel more apart of it I am praying for you God I pray that Ana will feel you in her life and you do love her with an everlasting love I pray all of this in JESUS name amen from sharon

  • Ana says:

    I know i believe in God but I can’t bring myself to believe in any institutionalized form of worship.I have growing contempt towards Church.They say you feel God there but frankly going to church leaves me more frustrated.I can’t even concentrate on the sermons.I chant every prayer but in such a mechanical way that it leaves me feeling bereft and ashamed of myself!.Nothing comes from the heart..That makes me wonder Why I go there anymore.The answer is ..you’ll be branded a degraded Godless person !! I don’t do it for me anymore .My parents are strong believers and going to church is there moment of ultimate bliss and enlightenment.Tell them that I don’t want to go and all they’ll say is that your wasting God’s blessing and that you’ve become a Godless child..You have become insensitive and you have altered from path of righteousness..yada yada..!Like really?? does God have to be the one in the church?I know church is a form of fellowship and glue to bind us together..but the more i visit the church the more I feel alienated.I find it more as a gossip den..I can’t even associate with anyone. I have lost faith in religion. I know a supreme power must exist..but Ijust can’t bring myself to believe it !

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