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An Atheist Prayer

January 9, 2014 — 4 Comments

“Thoughts in a prison” an atheist prayer by Micah Prewitt.

I came across this song the other day. It’s by a friend of mine, Micah Prewitt. I haven’t seen him in years but he did help out with the music in a student ministry I was leading a few years ago. He now lives in France pursuing music. But his gut-wrenchingly honest song got me thinking…

You don’t have to be an atheist to cry out words like these. There’s probably a time, no matter what you do or do not believe, that you’ve faced a question like this one, “Are you real or are you no?”

Many people face this question when they feel forgotten or overlooked by God. Some people face a faith crisis when circumstances seem to be out-of-whack with what we’ve been taught about God or His character. It doesn’t take much research or googling to see all the awful things happening in the world and so it doesn’t take a genius to know at some point we’re all going to face this kind of question and perhaps say a skeptical atheist prayer.

In fact, it takes a lot of courage to ask a question like this. Especially if you’ve been raised to believe in God. But it also takes a lot of courage for a life-long atheist to pray that same prayer, coming from a different perspective. Here’s my challenge to you all:

  • If you’re an atheist and you’ve never prayed. Pray it. Just try it. Pray it as if you’re actually talking to someone. Ask, “Are you real? If so, show me.”
  • If you’re an atheist who has prayed this before. Try it again. I dare you. Ask, “Are you real? I know I’ve asked before and I didn’t see any evidence that you’re real. So, I’m giving you another chance to show me.”
  • If you’re a Christian and never had a faith crisis, you’re faith is on shaky ground. You’ll have a faith crisis one day and if you have the courage to ask God this question and you come out the other side with your faith intact, your faith will be undeniably solid.
  • If you’re a Christian and you’ve been through this whole process, I challenge you to pray, “God, I know you’re real. I know you’re there. Help me live as though I truly believe that.”

No matter who you are. No matter what you believe. There’s a time in your life where you’re going to face the God question. You’re going to say a bit of an atheist prayer, “Are you real or are you no?”

So tell me. Has your faith weathered the storm? Have you come out stronger? Have you lost faith altogether? Be honest. I want to hear your story.

There’s a myth amongst Christians that says, “I can be a Christian all by myself. I don’t need anyone. I don’t need a church. I don’t need a community. I can do it, just me and God.”

While I appreciate the romanticism that you and God can be your own little community and be just fine, I do believe God designed us to live in community. Sure, there’s an exception out there somewhere. A man in a foreign jail who can’t speak the same language as everyone else. He’s literally alone, except for him and God. But most of us aren’t in that situation. Most of us don’t live in that situation. We have opportunity.

I’m willing to bet that anyone reading this blog has a church right down the street from you. Maybe it’s not a church that’d you’d love or stay at, but it’s there. Maybe you’ve never walked in the doors or met anyone from there. But there it stands.

It’s Sunday morning. Get out of bed and find yourself a good local church. If you don’t know where to start, let me know where you are and I’ll try to find one for you. You need to be in Christian Community with other Christians. You need community. God designed it that way. So don’t sit this out. It’s part of the divine design.

Stop being a lone ranger. You can’t do it alone.