June 2, 2011

Motivated by another interesting discussion from church, I write today’s post about what to do when you confront or are confronted by non-believers.

Of course, religion can be a touchy subject, so it’s important to avoid lecturing or forcing your beliefs on anyone. God is the reason for someone converting, and our responsibility is to be the messengers. Three things to focus on when having a conversation on faith are to pray, ask, and listen.


Pray for God to provide you with the knowledge and answers that you will need to explain your faith and what it means to be a Christian. Pray for the other person to have an open mind and open heart. Prayer will be the most important factor in this process.


Ask for permission to talk with the person about their beliefs. Never assume that you can have that conversation without the other person agreeing first. It is important not to turn the conversation into a battle of beliefs. Instead, find out why they believe what they believe and go from there.


Listen to what they have to say and know how to respond. Show them that you are not looking for a one-sided conversation and that you understand their hesitations. In doing this, you will have a better understanding and they will be more willing to listen to you when that time comes.

Not every conversation like this will be a success story, but being a source of information or a shoulder to lean on for that person can mean a lot more in the long-run than you might realize.

Do you have any experiences of trying to talk to someone about your faith?

2 responses to “Pray, Ask, Listen”

  1. Thanks for the clear and simple article on how to share your faith. This is always a good reminder! I like your point about getting permission from the person before sharing anything too deep – that’s a good rule of thumb when offering advice too! I’ve also found that by developing a good relationship with a person first, and demonstrating good character and trustworthiness, friends and family are much more interested in hearing what you have to say on matters of faith. Walk the talk, then talk the talk!

    • Exactly! Talking to others about your faith can be tough, but forming a good relationship first is definitely the key to creating credibility. Thanks so much for the comment!

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