How to Contact God

How to Contact God

Building a personal relationship with God can seem impossible, especially in your early days as a follower. After all, if you can't see or hear Him, how do you know if He can hear you? Fortunately, God established prayer as a way for us to talk to Him—but you can express yourself to God in other ways, as well. And while you might not be able to physically hear God's voice, there are ways you can listen for His guidance in your life.

Method 1 of 2:
Praying to God

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Pray wherever you are, any time of day or night. While you might picture praying as kneeling with your hands folded, there's no certain position you have to be in to pray. You can pray while you're driving, walking, cooking, or anything else you're doing. Remember, God is everywhere, and He knows your thoughts, so He will hear your prayer no matter what. [1] X Research source It can be helpful to set aside a certain time of day for prayer, but you can—and should—also pray spontaneously throughout your day.
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Use prayer to express any of your thoughts and emotions. Think of God as a loving, infinitely wise parent. You can talk to Him about anything, whether it's something you're going through at work or school, a medical issue you're concerned about, or even just a quick prayer to say "Thank you" when something good happens. [2] X Research source Your prayers don't necessarily have to be elaborate. Just tell God what's on your mind. For instance, if you're about to head out on a trip, you might simply pray, "God, please keep us safe." You might also pray for things like strength, wisdom, peace, or forgiveness.
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Set aside a few minutes each day to dedicate to prayer. Since prayer brings you closer to God, you can help build a deeper relationship with Him by carving out a set time every day to talk to Him. This can be any time that works for you, whether it's in the morning, on your daily commute, or at night before bed. It doesn't have to be the only time of day you pray, but you may find that you're able to pray more consistently and with more focus during this time. [3] X Research source It may help you get in the right mindset if you create some sort of routine during your prayer time, like lighting a candle, listening to hymns or uplifting music, or following a rosary.[4] X Research source
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Use fasting to strengthen your prayers. Fasting means to go a certain time without eating, and it's often used as part of a spiritual practice to bring yourself closer to God. If you have something that's heavy on your heart, set aside a time to dedicate to prayer. Pray throughout the entire period, but especially during the times you would normally be eating. [5] X Research source If you'd like you can choose to still drink water and juice during a fast. That way, your body will still get some nutrients from the juice. Some people opt not to drink anything during a fast, but it's not advisable to skip drinking water for any period of time. If you've never fasted before, try skipping just one meal, at first. Spend that meal time deep in prayer. If your body tolerates that well, you can work up to fasting for an entire day, or even for longer if you feel called by God to do so.
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Keep a prayer journal if you enjoy writing. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of your prayer requests in your head. To help combat that, try writing down your prayers each day during your normal time of prayer. Over time, you'll be able to read back through your prayer journal and see how God has moved in your life. [6] X Research source You can write them in a simple list, if you'd like, or you can write out longer prayers to God in letter form.
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Express your heart to God through your actions. Not all prayers have to be spoken or even written. Sometimes, you'll find that you feel closest to God when your body is actively engaged in something that you enjoy. For instance, if you enjoy making furniture, you might find that God speaks to your heart while you're sanding wood or creating detailed carvings. You might also feel close to God when you're out in nature, painting a picture, listening to music, or performing an act of service for someone else. [7] X Research source Sometimes, hard work can have the same effect. For instance, you might find that you're able to feel God's presence and guidance when you're scrubbing the floors or going for a run.
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Method 2 of 2:
Hearing God's Voice

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Pay attention to a feeling of peace and comfort. You might not be able to hear God's voice outright, but you can often feel His presence in your life. If you're feeling upset or stressed out, try praying about the problem. Often, just turning to God will help you feel reassured. [8] X Research source In the Bible, this is described in Philippians 4:7 as "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."
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Attend services for your faith. In almost every religion, God designates certain faithful people to speak on His behalf. Try finding a church, temple, or meeting group near you that you feel aligns with your beliefs. In addition to being a great place to hear more about the word of God, you may also find that the fellowship with other believers helps strengthen your faith and your relationship with God even more. Even if you don't feel like a particular topic has much bearing on your life, try to keep an open mind. You might just find that He has a message for you hidden in the lesson, anyway.
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Read the holy texts for your faith. Most religions have some sort of holy book that describes their take on God. When you read your religion's holy text, you may find that the words help you find insight and guidance into your own life, which may help you feel closer to God. [9] X Research source For example, if you follow Christianity, you would read the Bible. If you are Jewish, you'd study the Tanakh. If you follow Islam, dedicate yourself to studying the Qur'an. As you read, listen for a call to pay attention to a certain passage or verse. Let it speak to your heart—this may be God sending you personalized instruction or comfort.
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Method 1 of 2:
Praying to God

Image titled Contact God Step 1
1
Pray wherever you are, any time of day or night. While you might picture praying as kneeling with your hands folded, there's no certain position you have to be in to pray. You can pray while you're driving, walking, cooking, or anything else you're doing. Remember, God is everywhere, and He knows your thoughts, so He will hear your prayer no matter what. [1] X Research source It can be helpful to set aside a certain time of day for prayer, but you can—and should—also pray spontaneously throughout your day.
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Use prayer to express any of your thoughts and emotions. Think of God as a loving, infinitely wise parent. You can talk to Him about anything, whether it's something you're going through at work or school, a medical issue you're concerned about, or even just a quick prayer to say "Thank you" when something good happens. [2] X Research source Your prayers don't necessarily have to be elaborate. Just tell God what's on your mind. For instance, if you're about to head out on a trip, you might simply pray, "God, please keep us safe." You might also pray for things like strength, wisdom, peace, or forgiveness.
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Set aside a few minutes each day to dedicate to prayer. Since prayer brings you closer to God, you can help build a deeper relationship with Him by carving out a set time every day to talk to Him. This can be any time that works for you, whether it's in the morning, on your daily commute, or at night before bed. It doesn't have to be the only time of day you pray, but you may find that you're able to pray more consistently and with more focus during this time. [3] X Research source It may help you get in the right mindset if you create some sort of routine during your prayer time, like lighting a candle, listening to hymns or uplifting music, or following a rosary.[4] X Research source
4
Use fasting to strengthen your prayers. Fasting means to go a certain time without eating, and it's often used as part of a spiritual practice to bring yourself closer to God. If you have something that's heavy on your heart, set aside a time to dedicate to prayer. Pray throughout the entire period, but especially during the times you would normally be eating. [5] X Research source If you'd like you can choose to still drink water and juice during a fast. That way, your body will still get some nutrients from the juice. Some people opt not to drink anything during a fast, but it's not advisable to skip drinking water for any period of time. If you've never fasted before, try skipping just one meal, at first. Spend that meal time deep in prayer. If your body tolerates that well, you can work up to fasting for an entire day, or even for longer if you feel called by God to do so.
5
Keep a prayer journal if you enjoy writing. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of your prayer requests in your head. To help combat that, try writing down your prayers each day during your normal time of prayer. Over time, you'll be able to read back through your prayer journal and see how God has moved in your life. [6] X Research source You can write them in a simple list, if you'd like, or you can write out longer prayers to God in letter form.
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Express your heart to God through your actions. Not all prayers have to be spoken or even written. Sometimes, you'll find that you feel closest to God when your body is actively engaged in something that you enjoy. For instance, if you enjoy making furniture, you might find that God speaks to your heart while you're sanding wood or creating detailed carvings. You might also feel close to God when you're out in nature, painting a picture, listening to music, or performing an act of service for someone else. [7] X Research source Sometimes, hard work can have the same effect. For instance, you might find that you're able to feel God's presence and guidance when you're scrubbing the floors or going for a run.
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Method 2 of 2:
Hearing God's Voice

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1
Pay attention to a feeling of peace and comfort. You might not be able to hear God's voice outright, but you can often feel His presence in your life. If you're feeling upset or stressed out, try praying about the problem. Often, just turning to God will help you feel reassured. [8] X Research source In the Bible, this is described in Philippians 4:7 as "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."
2
Attend services for your faith. In almost every religion, God designates certain faithful people to speak on His behalf. Try finding a church, temple, or meeting group near you that you feel aligns with your beliefs. In addition to being a great place to hear more about the word of God, you may also find that the fellowship with other believers helps strengthen your faith and your relationship with God even more. Even if you don't feel like a particular topic has much bearing on your life, try to keep an open mind. You might just find that He has a message for you hidden in the lesson, anyway.
3
Read the holy texts for your faith. Most religions have some sort of holy book that describes their take on God. When you read your religion's holy text, you may find that the words help you find insight and guidance into your own life, which may help you feel closer to God. [9] X Research source For example, if you follow Christianity, you would read the Bible. If you are Jewish, you'd study the Tanakh. If you follow Islam, dedicate yourself to studying the Qur'an. As you read, listen for a call to pay attention to a certain passage or verse. Let it speak to your heart—this may be God sending you personalized instruction or comfort.
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