A Skeptic's Prayer
A SKEPTIC'S PRAYER
We completely understand -- you say you don't believe in God. Well, if there is no God, then it doesn't do any harm to say a prayer, because nobody is there to hear it, correct? You are just talking to yourself and that at worst is only a very minor issue, not even worth mentioning really. But if there is a God, and this God can hear and answer prayers, then could we consider this to be something on the order of a spiritual experiment? Here is a Skeptics Prayer. Try it on for size and see how it fits.
Honestly, I don’t know if you are real
or if I am talking to myself.
People say this, others say that.
I don’t know what to think about you,
if there is a you,
and all those big questions
regarding life, the universe and everything.
What can I know about you?
How can I know you?
Who is worthy of trust in this world
of confusion and betrayal?
If you are there,
If I am not just talking to myself,
touch me for a moment,
so that I may find you,
wherever you are,
and whoever you may be.
Maybe if you will trust me a little,
Give me a little mercy in my confusion,
I could learn to trust you too.
It’s not always easy being alive in this world.
It would be nice to have some help.
My question is simple. Am I talking to myself here?
Or do you somehow, somewhere exist?
If in fact you exist, and are there for me, help me find you.
I don’t know what else to say about this.
I do know that yes or no, I want to know for myself.
At least I think I do. In the meantime,
I’ll just wait and see what happens.
One more thing.
What does this Jesus fellow have to do with this?
Ok I’m done praying.
What’s the word for the end of a prayer –
Amen, that’s what the church people say.
Someone told me it means “so be it.”
I want this to be in my life,
whatever this may turn out to be.
So I say Amen.
We say "Amen" with you too.
Don't forget to stop for a moment after this prayer, and wait for an answer within your own heart. Note that it is OK, and probably helpful, to pray this prayer more than once.
You want to be sure, after all, about what you are experiencing.
If this strikes a note of curiosity within, try out our Prayer of Curiosity.