Growing up I never had the same longing for a higher power. I was forced by my parents to follow a particular religious rituals and they would bore me. I would go through the motions of doing the religious rituals. In my late teenage years in the college when I ran through the tough times I found solace in praying for higher power. It was very comforting to pray for a higher power and have all my trouble transfered, one who would help me get through the college and get a job.
In last two years or three years my thoughts changed. I have a passion for science, questioning things and investigating them. Internet is a great way to increase the knowledge fast and in a quick way. Wikipedia, discovery channel, national geographic and history channel when I started working I had cable and i started watching these channels. I went through a lot of religious texts and things were not making sense. Religions were making a lot of false claims like to name a few
Then I felt a lot of anger initially that most of the things I was taught since I was a kid were lies. I asked my parents the same questions they had no answers that when I realized as much I love and do care about them I have way different ideas. More reading of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennet etc confirmed my ideas. I am happy that I learn and trust experimentation based science. I also believe every person has a right to believe whatever they want to believe as long as it is not harmful to the society.