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

  • Sherralin says:

    Tori God does not always answer prayers the bible says that it takes a painful situation to change our ways u should have other people pray for u
    thank God he will help but not always we have to change and believe u also need to pray for youself and others I will pray for u tori God will be there

  • Sherralin says:

    Tori God does not always answer prayers the bible says that it takes a painful situation to change our ways u should have other people pray for u
    thank God he will help but not always we have to change and believe u also need to pray for youself and others I will pray for u tori

  • Aldo says:

    Tori, I would like to suggest to you that God answers every prayer. Sometimes the answer is Yes; sometimes it is Wait; and sometimes it is No.

    God is Omniscient, which means He is all-knowing. So, He answers prayer in the best way for the good of those praying, or for the good of those being prayed for, or for neither those praying or being prayed for, but for others not even mentioned, or for some or all of the above.

    The main reason that God answers prayer is for His honor and glory and power to be shown, so that should be the reason we ask in prayer. Remember, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

    Tori, when you went to church with your fiance and your friends and were prayed over for healing, you were touched by the Holy Spirit. He was drawing you both to the Lord Jesus Christ, the “only begotten” son of God, who God the Father sent to earth, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, and was buried. The third day God raised him from the dead. And He is coming again to judge the living and the dead.

    If we believe that, are sorry for our sins, and accept and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can have a relationship with God the Father. In other words, come into the family of God.

    Tori, if you have never done what I just explained, you can do so now. Here is a suggested prayer. Remember, God is not so interested in your words as He is in your attitude.

    “Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ, Your Son, died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Him as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to You, and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me, forgiving my sins, and for giving me everlasting life, in Jesus name, Amen.”

  • erma says:

    Tori there is one situation i would like to put forward to you. Lets say your grandmother who had lived her life fully was tired of her pains and problems (whatever they may be) and was also praying to God and asking him to end her life on earth and start off with the next one.
    And on the other hand there u were praying for her life on earth to continue.
    Now what then. God had to decide who’s prayer to listen to. And u r sitting here complaining that he didn’t listen to ur prayer.
    And consider this: no one wants their loved ones to die but then again no one can live forever either.Don’t forget that!

  • Steven says:

    In the bible it is said that you can repeat the same sin 77 times and God will forgive you. No matter how many times the sin is repeated and you repent from the heart God will forgive you. The trick is not to get tempted to repeat that sin. Pray to God to give you the strength to keep you from the temptations of that sin and others. Say the Lords Prayer when ever you feel that wicked urge coming on. Good Luck

  • Tom Tom says:

    Suppose your doctor called you to tell you your x-rays revealed cancer and without immediate treatment you would die. Would you respond, “Keep asinine comments like that to yourself”? I doubt it. Based on Tori’s comments, my statement was entirely appropriate.

    Now, how about you? Are you a sinner on your way to hell?

  • Noname says:

    “You are on your way to an eternity separated from God in hell”

    You don’t know that. You’re not the one to judge so keep asinine comments like that to yourself.

  • Tom Tom says:

    To complete the thought, may I add that the MOST important consideration for you is what will you do about Jesus? You are a sinner just like the rest of us. You are on your way to an eternity separated from God in hell. Jesus died to pay for your sins. Are you going to humble yourself before Almighty God, repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or will you deny him?

  • Tom Tom says:

    I would suggest that the answer lies in the fact that other than a humble prayer of repentance and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, the prayers of a sinner God does not hear. (“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. John 9:31). Therefore, those who prayed for your pain were Christians and God graciously chose to answer their prayers, while your prayers for your grandmother did not come from a born again believer in Jesus Christ and therefore were not responded to by God.

    Keep in mind that although the Lord hears the prayers of his children, he doesn’t always answer them in the way we think he should. For one example–suppose you and your grandmother were both Christians and you prayed for her to be healed. First, if all Christians’ prayers were answered, then no one would ever die. Wouldn’t that be silly. Second, God is actually doing the grandmother a favor by bringing her earthly life of pain to an end and taking her home to be with him.

  • Sharon says:

    to Tori– I am sorry you don’t believe anymore I do believe that God healed your shoulder but I don’t know why God didn’t your answer about your grandma and my sympathy to you all on the passing of your grandma. God is God and we are not I pray that you can see that and HIS answer is yes, no or wait and HIS no could be for quite a few reasons beyond our comprehension and understanding I prayed for my dad to get better from Alzheimer and he passed too 3 years ago or so also in the bible there are the people experiencing disappointment from God too so you are not alone in this I am praying that you can see I pray in this lifetime to see why God took your grandma I am praying for you and your finance— sharon

  • Tori says:

    Here I find myself googling “I don’t think I believe in God” and I stumble appon this page….
    So, this might be a long comment.
    I have always been speculative whether or not God does really exist or if it’s just something people think they have to believe… People always told me, when things get hard “just pray about it” over and over.
    I always prayed… And not once did anything happen. Then one day I was in church with my fiancé and our friends and me and my fiancé had both been in so much pain the past few days. My pain was both my arms, I could barely move them, and his was his back… Well they did that thing where they ask whoever is hurting to come up and pray for them or to touch a person and pray for them…well our friends put their hands on our shoulders and prayed, and I burst into tears. No idea why.
    Well the next day neither of us were hurting… Weird.
    So yea something happened there…. But then my whole perspective changed….
    A week before Valentine’s Day, 2015, my grandma went in for surgery….. I prayed and prayed and prayed harder than I ever have and she just kept getting worse.
    She was put on life support and was not responding. I locked myself in a room and prayed that God would not take her. I prayed with all my heart. And what happened? The day before Valentine’s Day she passed…
    Everyone says that prayer works….and that gods real…. So why didn’t it work. Ever since then I don’t pray. I don’t go to church… I just don’t know if I believe it anymore…..

  • Larry Maheu says:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, every day. Get a Bible. It is the actual word of God, and you’ll be amazed how events of today are told by God the Father (Old Testament) and Jesus Christ (New Testament). When Jesus Christ

  • Larry Maheu says:

    Just ask Holy Spirit to help you. Ask every day. Get a good Bible, and you’ll be amazed how events of today are in the Bible. Remember, the Bible is the actual words of God Himself

  • Kate says:


    I’ve been trying to get rid of this one sin, and i succeed in avoiding it for a short time, but then once temptation starts coming again, i keep forgetting i that i shouldn’t be doing what i am doing. Then after giving in to my temptation, i feel disappointed in myself and want to come back to God. Then i feel bad because i repeatedly try to come back to God after the same thing over and over again. But Thanks for the advice, I’ll try to apply it little by little. I know God loves me, and I wish i could get rid of all the things in between us.

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