Yes, the first part reads like a prayer to God, but I thought, according to your beliefs, that the Quran was the word of God. Why would God pray to himself?
Allah is so merciful that he showed us in this opening surah how to pray to Allah himself.
IF Allah did not show us how to pray who would show us then?
How would we know anything if it was not for the fact that he sent messengers starting from ADAM (A.S.) to MUHAMMED ( P.B.U.h) so that evry nation , could benefit from them and could strive towards achieving the ultimate success that is Jannah.