What shall I do when people around me lose faith?

The Bible gives a picture of the last days: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:2,4).

People tend to lose faith when they don’t practice it every day. There are other reasons why our world appears to be less and less godly. Growing greed, a preoccupation with pleasure, forces from a secular media, the declining of family ties, growing immorality and the list is goes on and on.

At the same time, God is still working in the hearts of people and drawing all men to himself.   For only Christ can content the deepest longings of the human heart, and only He can adjust our lives and give us hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 39:7; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

Now you ask, “What shall I do?” Pray for those that lose faith. In the Lord’s Prayer of John 17, Jesus prayed for Himself, His disciples and future believers. Pray in a continual basis and ask God to help them (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Believe that God will answer for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

Then, speak faith to them and inspire them with hope in God’s Word. The Lord says, “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

And claim their salvation. In Mark 11:24 we read, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Verse 23 speaks of mountains removed and difficulties cleared away. Believe that God will grant you your request. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

And finally, be a good Christian model to them by applying what Jesus said: “You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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