1.speak to God: to speak to God, a deity, or a saint, e.g. in order to give thanks, express regret, or ask for help
2.hope strongly: to hope strongly for something
3.address earnest request to somebody: to ask somebody for something, especially earnestly or with passion
According to Bing, Athiests do pray.
Judges 10:13-14 Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: why I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen! Let them
rescue you in your hour of distress!"
Deuteronomy 32:37 He will say: "Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in,
Jeremiah 2:28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you, Judah, have as
many gods as you have towns.
1 Kings 18:27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a
journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
When an athiest refers to "Abrahamic Religions", that tells me that they have heard about Jesus, but have rejected him. It takes humility to ask a
person whom you've publicly rejected for something you truly want or need.
James 4:6 But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God opposes the proud but favors the humble."
Proverbs 3:34 The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.
1 Peter 5:5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
because, "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."
Luke 18:9-14 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to
the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like
other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who
humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18:35-42 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was
happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When
all the people saw it, they also praised God.
One needs humility to ask for mercy, along with the knowledge of one's own transgression and a desire for peaceful relations due to Jesus' authority
in heaven and on earth. There is more I'd like to share, a lot more, but to those wiling to "follow along" with my train of thought, using scripture
as ultimate source for discussion. Thank you for your time, and I sure hope those who read this can read between the lines as well. Good
edit on 10/01/11 by Wonders because: For clarification