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

  • Aldo says:

    Grizwald, I sympathize with you. There are innumerable folks trying to understand God, and wanting to feel Him, but God cannot be understood with our finite minds, much less felt, though He will reveal Himself through His Word, which is spirit and truth.

    Jesus put it this way in the gospel of John 3:3: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He goes on to say in verse 6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    I’ll try to explain simply what that means Grizwald.

    Adam and Eve, mankind’s first parents, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, and died spiritually (were dis-fellow-shipped with God). Because of that all of mankind inherited their sinful nature. But, God made a way for mankind to come back into fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ, His Son, the Incarnate Word of God.

    If anybody believes Jesus Christ for who He is, (God’s Son), and for what He’s done (died on Calvary’s cross for their sins, and receives Him as their Savior and Lord, they will be “born again.”

    Grizwald, many people try to get to heaven through their own means (sacrifices) like being good, going to church, giving to charity, etc., but Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise” and Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

    Grizwald, here is a suggested prayer you can say. Remember, God is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

    “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.”

  • Grizwald says:

    no matter how hard I try, I just cant understand god and Christianity. I try going to events like WinterJam and everyone says they “feel it” but I just don’t feel anything

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you my friend and may the lord our God bless you.

  • Arold says:

    First, it’s important to realize that God is everywhere. Those who are seeking God who cannot find Him are seeking Him in the wrong manner other than what His word prescribes. The thing is that is readily available to humankind. what all man really has to do is acknowledge their sinfulness and embrace the gift of salvation through Christ.

  • Chris says:

    Raushan Kumar Sinha….i appreciate your thoughts on God…yes, seeing nature, we see there is God. the bible refers to that knowledge as general revelation. when we accept the general revelation about God, he then can give us more speicific knowledge and revelation and that is through his son jesus christ. jesus came as God in the flesh to give us the full revelation of Gods will for us and then paid the Price for our sins that have made us seperated from him. by receiving christ into your heart today, you can know God in a personal way and have your sins forgiven you and receive everlasting life as a free gift of God. for more information on doing just that log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above for more personallized attention. i pray jesus become your lord and savior as you see he is the one who is the author and savior of our lives amen

  • I don’t know that God is exists or not. But I believe that God exists because I am a human being and some of equipment have been necessary for living in the earth, like Air, Trees, Water etc. Do you know anyone, where these come from? These all equipments have come to God. All of these made by God. We know very well this thing. So I hope that we should respect our parents, teacher, elder and such persons who needs request through us. I think we should always help and co-operate to those people are living very poverty in this time.
    Finally, I would like to say that God exists and we must worship of God.
    Actually, I know this that my English Grammar is not good, however, I am giving this comments in my own mind and it’s my personal view. If did I any mistake of this comments so please forgive me.
    Regards ……….. Raushan Kumar Sinha.

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi DCIV, you asked, “I need advice on how I know that I really believe, and am actually praying, or just speaking voices through my head…” Here is a link to knowing Jesus Personally. http://thelife.com/series/knowing-jesus-personally. It’s a four part series that will answer your questions and bring you closer to Him. I pray that God blesses you with greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom as you dig deeper in your search to want to know more about Him. After going through each part you can leave a comment if you have more questions.

  • Chris says:

    best answer….sorry you are down….i encourage you with philippians 4.19 in the bible where God does promise to supply all of our needs. jesus said he had come to give us an abundant life in John 10.10. however remember too that the covenant promises are conditioned on covenant obedience. be sure you are walking in all of the light God has revealed to us in his Word and in your personal life so that you can come into the fullness of his blessings according to deuteronomy chapter 28. i pray jesus help you to receive all he has for you as you seek him earnestly each morning, noon and night, you can be sure he will guide you in the way he has prepared for you amen

  • Chris says:

    DCIV…..the good news is that God has already revealed himself to us in the person of his son jesus christ. the bible is Gods written revelation to us so that we can know what God is saying to us and what is his perfect will for us as well. for more information on knowing jesus christ as your lord and savior and having his salvation both revealed and given to you log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray you would see jesus for who he really is, the only savior of this world and the only light that shines in the midst of darkness and confusión amen!

  • BestAnswer says:

    All i ever wanted from God is to be Healthy with a Wife And Family that i Don’t have.

  • Viera says:

    DCIV. .You can see where those thoughts are coming from that God would never go against his word -against the Bible. You can check your thoughts with the Bible. Then if those thoughts are bringing you closer to God or not, do you feel peace or not. You can talk to your pastor, leader or other christian friend about your thoughts and they can help you to see where are those thoughts coming from.

  • DCIV says:

    I have been praying to God to reveal himself to me, and yet I can’t get assurances that the voices in my head are God, Satan, or just me making up my own dialogue. I need advice on how I know that I really believe, and am actually praying, or just speaking voices through my head and replying

  • Chris says:

    dk….the bible is clear that God needs nothing or noone. obviously being God he is perfectly complete within himself but he does offer us his life which we have lost through our sins being cut off from the life that is within God. God cannot forcé us to want true life. the bible itself says that most love darkness more than the light and will not come to the light so that their deeds be exposed although God is ready to forgive them. look around you. how many people are truly wanting the life and light of christ? the answer is obvious. God cannot violate our freedom of will to choose. if a person chooses spiritual death apart from christ, that is their right to do so. when we speak of death, we are speaking of seperation. the body seperates from the soul. hell is a continuation of being seperated from God, not because God wants us seperated from him, but because we do and he wont forcé us to receive true life. deut 30.19. i pray jesus would help you to see the difference. blessings to you!

  • JaP's says:

    DK,

    MAy Iask a couple of questions? Questions that aren’t to test you but to reflect on your heart. So if I may, here they are:

    – What made you come to the Lord and believe in Him and thereby taking on the things that He desires for you to fulfill with His instructions in how to carry them out.-
    – What made the thought of the Lord being an all loving God have hell . A place for those who someday would be judged by God for the kind of life they lived and if it reflected the One and Only Begotten of the Abba Father , Who is Jesus Christ.?
    – What made you avoid to hold on in your fth n God that He is absolutely in LOVE with you and loves you inspite of you having this queries that is dividing your heart or feeling away from the Father. You know that He is more doing His part to draw you closer as you read these queries?.

    May you be blessed with the time time to answer them.

    Shalom my brother in Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.

    To God Be All the Glory
    JaP’s

  • DK says:

    I am drawn to having faith in God, a big reservation is the very concept of you “have” to love him, or he is sending you to hell…. kind of like putting flame thrower against your girlfriend’s head and telling her “you better marry me, or I’ll light you up like a roman candle, forever”… or the alternative: “never mind, I’ll off myself for you, since I love you, and even though I don’t deserve it like you do”. ha ha ha… it’s laughable, really. Well, not really.. it’s actually just really not appealing. I take it all seriously for a while, but the whole hell and brimstone thing is so counter intuitive to real love.

  • Chris says:

    jc…sorry to hear of your struggles. God knows that we cant defeat sin. that is why he sent jesus to defeat it for us on the cross. by receiving christ, we are forgiven for any sins we will ever commit, past, present and future as we simply walk with him each day. God is not an oger waiting to punish us in hell. he let his own dear son be punished in our place. God offers us pardon and the free gift of eternal life by simply placing our faith in him. for more information on knowing jesus personally log onto…knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray jesus love for you would be manifest to you today as you see that God has no intention of condemning you because he allowed jesus to be condemned in our place for our forgiveness. blessings!!

  • JC says:

    I wasn’t referring to sex, I was referring to everything. Basically he made us and knows our actions and then we hear that we go to hell if we carry them out. Sorry but none of it adds up. If he gave us free will then would be responsible for anything we done wrong anyway because the free will idea would be flawed. It’s like me making a robot that moves randomly then throwing it on the fire when it moves somewhere I didn’t want it to.

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  • E says:

    Deer,
    I wrote a whole speech but my phone crashed and I freakinh lost it. But my point was I want to talk and if you want you can email me [sorry, but for users’ safety, it is our policy not to publish personal contact information] if you want. As long as you’re not a perv, but I’m just a little younger than you and I feel the exact same way that it’s almost creepy.
    ~ E

  • Chris says:

    deer…so sorry to hear of your struggles but they are common to us all and after walking with jesus for 40 years now, can tell you as he himself said that he is the way, the truth and the life. God understands our needs and came in the very person of christ to live and teach us, to heal and die for us so we could have his very presence inside of us. this do. let the new testament and jesus words fill your heart and life. as you do, those thoughts that try to dominate your mind will they themselves by dominated by jesus words of life and confort. the bible itself says that our human minds are not subject to the Word of God and cannot comprehend the deeper things of God so dont expect your mind to submit to what is spiritual and unexplainable because it wont. simply let your heart receive what jesus has said. mix faith with it and you will find your life being transformed by the same living power that resides in Gods heavnly promises. John 6.63 to 69. i pray jesus would become more and more real to you as you partake of his words since he is the living Word made carnate for you dear friend amen!

  • Deer says:

    I’ve lost belief in God. This effectively ruined my life and sent me into a spiraling depression. I’ve been this way since I was 8. It comes on waves. I’m only 15 and every time I’ve been depressed it happens because I know that after death I will cease to exist, this is all some cosmic accident and it means nothing once my consciousness is snuffed out. I have a part of me that has doubts in the possibility of an afterlife, however I don’t know. I am. Searching for hope and faith to find reason in such an abstract idea. Our consciousness is so abstract and impossible sounding that its the only thing that gives me hope. If there is a god I don’t see why it would be a Christian God rather than Islamic or any of the other religions. Maybe they’re all manifestations of the same thing and it doesn’t matter which one you believe in. Essentially it depends where you were raised. So I’m hoping that sticking to Christian faith like I was raised on will lead me to the light and help me pull out of this hopeless feeling that I’m simply alive and well eventually cease with no concsiousness for eternity. Somebody please help me. The only reason I don’t kill myself to avoid this dreadful mindset is that death is the very thing that I’m afraid of. If I had the ignorance I once had, only then I could be happy. Somebody please help me.

  • Shelley says:

    Thank you Viera for your comment, and may the Lord our God bless you.

  • viera says:

    JC. .God made us with free will so we can choice. We are not robots but we have free will. We are tested to see if we choose good or bad if we choose good God or evil.Even angels were tested before world was created. How we will show our love to God? -that we will do what he wants -to believe and follow Jesus God’s son. How love grows in relationships? By overcoming hardship. God sent his Son and he was punished for our sins so we don’t have to be punish by faith in Him. God is holy and all unholiness and sin has to be punish but God in his love gave us way out from sin in Jesus.

  • Chris says:

    jc…sorry to hear of your confusión. without knowing the details of what you are referring to about being punished, its hard to offer clear advise but i will try anyway. . .since sex is always on the fore-front these days, i will guess you might be referring to that in some way. we understand that God is not against us having sexual pleasure as long as it is within the confines of the marriage partner he gives to us. otherwise, the bonding that takes place between people who arent married but have sex creates terrible emotional and physical complexities for them which they do not realize. God isnt an oger. he simply wants to protect us and knows that sex outside of a marriage commitment will only lead us down the wrong road of suffering. its not a question of punishement but of a loving father who wants to preserve us. jesus died so we could enjoy life the way God wanted it to be enjoyed but we must understand the principles to do that as found in the bible. if you would like to know how to live truly happily and be blessed by doing things Gods way and not our own which lead to bad consequences on our part so many times, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. i pray now that jesus would bring peace to your heart as you understand that he who truly loves us, knows whats best for us too. please feel free to continue your blog if you would like to detail other questions you are not clear about. blessings to you today!!

  • JC says:

    If God is real why is everything such a riddle? He made us, so why is he testing us then potentially punishing us for actions he created? It’s all so confusing. I’d love to believe in him but none of it makes sense.

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