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    Here’s How to Impact Others Through Christ!

    Several years ago, my youngest sister told me that she considered herself agnostic. Agnostics may or may not believe in a higher power, not necessarily God, and they believe the only things we can really know as humans are the things we directly experience with our five senses.

    I didn’t know what to say. We were raised in church. I began to pray to myself while she was talking because I didn’t know what else to do. Then God reminded me that I explored other beliefs before coming back to Him and I felt reassured.

    If you want to impact the people around you through Christ, you can’t get a better start than with prayer. Make a list of the people you want to impact and pray for them every day. That’s how I started, by praying for my sister daily–telling God how much I love her, how amazing He created her to be and asking how I could show Him to her.

    In my prayers, God reminded me of a friend, Amy, who prayed for me continuously while I was away from God. The things I remember the most about Amy are: She was kind, funny, patient (even when I was ripping on God/Christians), she had integrity (her words and actions matched) and she told me that she would pray for me when I was struggling, even when I didn’t believe her prayers could change anything.

    Now, my sister is a genius. She is so smart that sometimes it’s hard for me to keep up with her, but she is also very busy and easily stressed out. So I took the things I’d learned from Amy’s example and applied them to my relationship with my sister. My prayers changed. I prayed for more patience, for wisdom, for a kinder heart and that God would show me my sister the way He sees her.

    I also prayed for courage because I was afraid if I offered to pray for my sister, she would make fun of me or worse, not talk to me anymore–and in my family, that would be a really big deal because I’m the only person who still talks to everyone else.

    I was scared and God knew that, so the next time my sister had a crisis that she was stressed over, she texted me. Hallelujah! I didn’t have to do this over the phone, I could do it through text! Yay God! I texted back that I would pray for her situation.

    When I prayed for her, I didn’t just pray that her situation would work out. I prayed that through her situation, God would be glorified. I prayed that through the resolution of her problem, God would make Himself and His love known to her because that’s what she needed more than a fix for her problem.

    You see, what impacts people most is integrity. In an age where promises mean very little and genuine care for others is rare, people need to see there are still people who mean what they say, do what they promise and stick to their principles, even when it’s hard.

    Your character is what makes an impact on others.

    Now my sister asks me to pray for her when she struggles. It isn’t the end, but it’s a huge step in the right direction!

    What are some ways that you impact those around you?

    In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us (Titus 2:7-8).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    11 COMMENTS

    1. That’s SO amazing! 😀 GOD IS GREAT! ^^
      Can you please pray for this girl in my school? Her name is Meryam, she is Afghani and still learning English. Her family’s religion is Muslim and she knows its hypocrisy. When I first met her she was very innocent and naive. Now after 2 years she’s slightly matured and is losing her innocence. (we’re both in grade 11 btw).
      Anyways, I’ve been talking to her about Jesus and at first she was interested and touched but now that she is losing her innocence and getting more into her evil religion she gets a bit annoyed when I talk about Him.
      Please pray that she will see the truth and to give me the words to speak. 🙂
      Thank you and God bless <3

    2. My sister’s an atheist and I’ve been trying these tactics, except I don’t pray for her as often as I should. Maybe if I start praying for her more often I’ll make better headway. Er, GOD will make better headway with her 😀

    3. amen!!!..Praise the Lord for you!!..This juss gave me such wisdom and insight…especially with my life cuz sometimes its hard to do whats right…but praying and especially praying for others is what the Lord lovess…thank you 🙂
      #I LOVE Jesus!! <3

    4. Yay! Thank you! I always feel like I need to be helping people more, through Christ, but I didn’t really now how. Because I didn’t want to just go to orphanages, and soup kitchens, and volunteer and donate. I wanted to impact and better the lives of the people I see everyday (although all those other things are uber nice to do!) But this really helped! Thank you! The power of prayer is a beautiful thing!

    5. wow! This kind of reminds me of my mom and my dad. My mom first became a Christian, but my dad was off playing with his band and he didn’t care. My mom got really upset and she started praying a lot for him and for God to send someone to teach him about God, since she still didn’t know that much herself. God DID send someone. And, let’s just say that right know, my mom and dad are happy, going to church, and my dad plays music for our church and he is one of the leaders. He loves God and he always reads the Bible. I thank God so much for that, because when my mom and my dad fought, I was about 5 and I was scarred and hurt,but I eventually forgave them both and God healed me. They were going to get divorced, my mom moved away, and a few months later, my birthday present was my dad, he followed her here, and here we are thanks to God, with a new blessing: my little sister. 🙂

    6. This article is great. Everynight before I go to bed(and sometimes randomly through the day) I pray that God not only helps me to be a better christian, but to also help my family and friends to see what it is that they need to change in their life as well to come closer to God. I pray that hopefully they will see the changes in my life and it will give them the courage to stand up to those who do not want a life glorified by God. I have a 3 year old niece and I never want her faith to be questioned, especially by herself.

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