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Do you pray to god before exams?

TheAverageJoe71TheAverageJoe71 8 replies41 threads Junior Member
I sometimes pray to god before exams and ask him to help me do well on my exams. Of course, I still study because I don't believe that god will help me if I don't do my part. I was just wondering if anyone else does this.
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  • Rivet2000Rivet2000 1692 replies3 threads Senior Member
    I always used to. That was long ago.
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  • damon30damon30 1147 replies5 threads Senior Member
    Of course, I still study because I don't believe that god will help me if I don't do my part.
    IMHO, religion in general would be more popular than it is already if God helped you do well on exams without studying.

    Btw, this is likely OT. Per the forum rules:
    Politics, Religion, etc. Politics, religion, and similar controversial topics should be discussed only as directly applicable to college matters.
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  • TheAverageJoe71TheAverageJoe71 8 replies41 threads Junior Member
    @damon30 this is applicable to college matters because I am relating it to exams and school work.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 43001 replies2311 threads Super Moderator
    MODERATOR'S NOTE: I will allow this thread for now, but it will have to keep a very narrow focus or I will close it.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 1666 replies28 threads Senior Member
    No one in my family would/has because we are atheists, but if it calms you and makes you feel more ready it seems like it could only be a positive thing to do.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    I pray for lots of reasons. That my kids-- both my own and those I teach-- do well on important exams are just one of those many reasons.
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  • intparentintparent 36292 replies644 threads Senior Member
    So if the exam is curved, are you then also asking that God help you more than they help other students? 🤔
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  • HeartofDixieHeartofDixie 352 replies13 threads Member
    I have prayed before exams and other things for myself and my kids, in general it was something along the lines of "calm their nerves and help them to recall the things they have studied and learned". Praying for help on an exam that you haven't studied for would be more like expecting a genie to grant a wish, imo, and not something that I would do.
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  • Sue22Sue22 6928 replies121 threads Super Moderator
    I'm with @milgymfam. I'm an atheist but anything that makes you feel more centered and better overall is helpful in my book. Whether that's exercise, therapy, prayer, something else, or a combination of things, if it works for you, go for it!
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  • damon30damon30 1147 replies5 threads Senior Member
    @damon30 this is applicable to college matters because I am relating it to exams and school work.
    But the part of your OP I quoted was more theological. Anyway, a mod has indulged you by giving her blessing, so I'll try to avoid saying anything to doom your thread. :innocent:
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 2255 replies28 threads Senior Member
    Yes. Praying before an exam often means praying for clarity, recall, strength, wisdom, etc. Typically it doesn't mean that you are praying God makes you do well but supports you.
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  • BellaMorganBellaMorgan 108 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I do, it's not just when I am about to take the exam but it is on a daily basis.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    I will say that we prayed a lot for my kid to do well this semester so that he could declare for his major. Especially when we were in Italy a few weeks ago. And I guess it did work!
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  • NASA2014NASA2014 2393 replies135 threads Senior Member
    I did and it helped me pass my college courses. Calculus 2,3, Organic chemistry 1 and 2, Physics 2, and I believe Complex Analysis.
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  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 1155 replies113 threads Senior Member
    Vatican needs to survey and compare AP scores of faithful and faithless. That being said, no harm in praying, if nothing else, it calms your nerves.
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    My prayer is never that any of my kids will attain a particular score, merely that they'll do their best.

    And could we please ease up on the sarcasm? No one is asking you to share my beliefs, merely to refrain from mocking them.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 2255 replies28 threads Senior Member
    Thank you bjkmom
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  • bjkmombjkmom 7948 replies160 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    OP, please don't let the sarcasm on this thread make you doubt or feel badly about your faith. On the internet, as in real life, there are always people who attempt to build themselves up by putting others down. They're absolutely OK with the cheap laugh at someone else's expense.

    You'll find them in high school, in college, in the work place, pretty much all over. Don't give them the power to make yourself doubt your beliefs, either in God, in the choices you've made or in the person you are.
    edited May 2019
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  • MoonKnightMoonKnight 377 replies9 threads Member
    I pray to God as well before I take exams. Sometimes I am thinking so much about the exam that I forget to pray before the exam but actually pray during the middle of the exam.
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