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5 Ways To Help Someone Who Is Struggling – Part 1

When we realize we cannot save someone else, we are left with the question: What can we do?

The quick answer is LOVE…but what does that look like in real life?

We need practical suggestions for helping someone in crisis or struggling through a difficult time. Things that we feel like we can really do, things that make a difference.

5 ways to help someone who is struggling



The answer that I love and that makes me want to scream. You should know, I fully believe in prayer. It makes a difference, even when we don’t see it. But the problem comes when I’m praying for you becomes a cliché greeting card statement instead of an action.

Please, pray. Really. Even a little one liner to God is better than a statement to fill the void when you don’t know what to say.

If you’re not sure what to do, start with this: God, please help this person with what they’re going through. Comfort them and help them today. Amen

Our prayers don’t need to be fancy, they just need to be from the heart.

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God hears every single prayer, uttered out loud or spoken silent in our mind. If you want to help someone and you say you will pray for them, pray.

Make the time.

Say the words.

Even right there in the moment. Passing by and saying hello. Your intercessions, no matter how small, matter.

For more great ideas check out this article by Michele Cushatt: 60 Creative Ways to Help a Friend in Crisis

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

9 Replies

  1. Becky- such a good reminder. Many times I don’t know what to say, so I don’t say anything. I also might avoid the person for fear of lack of words. 🙁
    This is such a good point that I can encourage through prayer. I’m tucking this into my heart!
    Thank you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad this helped you! Stay tuned…there are more posts coming up with practical tips. You can subscribe and have them sent right to your email, and you’ll also get my free ebook Dare to Believe!

  2. Yes! I tend to be a doer, so my tendency is often to jump in with some tangible offering of help. But prayer, there is nothing greatly than intercession before a God who can do more than we ever could. Love this, Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Tiffany! It’s sometimes the hardest one to actually follow through with. I’ve got four more tips coming, so don’t miss them!

  3. Such a simple tip, but one that is oftentimes overlooked or said in passing. Truly stopping what we are doing and spending a few minutes in prayer is SO much more important than we realize. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here Krystal! It is simple, but so important! I have to remind myself to actually pray when I say these things to people!

  4. Hmmm…YUP! Prayer would certainly help out a friend who is going through a difficult time! I look forward to the other parts of your series!
    Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

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