How Do I Get My Faith Back?

Recently someone told me that some rough trials had rocked their faith and they were unsure of how to get it back. First of all I feel sadness and compassion for all who battle this kind of despair.? Here are a few thoughts I hope will encourage anyone struggling like this:

If you desire to have faith, there?s hope.

If you weren?t born again you wouldn?t care. Isaiah 42:3 says about Jesus: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.”? Jesus can fan smoldering faith into a flame.? All he needs is faith the size of a mustard seed. It’s Jesus’ will that we have faith in him, and he loves to help us when we seek him.

Cry out to Jesus

When a man said, ?I believe, help my unbelief,? Jesus responded and healed his child.? Ask for faith.? We have not because we ask not.? Like the disciples, pray, ?Increase my faith.?

Read the Word

Romans 10.17 says, ?So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.?? We dwindle in faith when we neglect God’s Word. ?Hebrews says that ?we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.? (2:1). ??Start reading the Bible again if you?ve drifted from it. ?Listen to solid Biblical preaching.

Rehearse God?s promises

Get a book of Bible promises like The Jesus Person Pocket Promise Book, which contains 800 Bible promises.? Read them and thank God for them.? Tell God you believe his word is true.

Recall God’s past faithfulness to you

Rehearse God’s past goodness to you.? Think of answered prayers.? Remember all his benefits and ways he has blessed you, then bless him for these things.? Especially thank him for bringing you to the cross and giving you faith in Christ.

Repent of unbelief

Unbelief is a sin. ?Confess your unbelief to Jesus and ask his forgiveness.? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 JN 1.9).

Get back into fellowship

Hebrews 3:13 says, ?But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ?today,? that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.? ?We need others to encourage us in our faith, lest we be hardened by unbelief.

It’s a fight to keep our faith in Jesus strong. But it’s not by our own strength – Hebrews tells us that since we have a great high priest in heaven, Jesus, the Son of God, who is interceding for us day and night before the throne, that we should hold fast our confession.? And because he is a sympathetic priest who was tempted like us in every way (yet without sin), we should regularly draw near to him in prayer for mercy and grace in time of need (Hebrews 4.14-16).

Remember, Jesus wants you to have strong faith even more than you do.

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.


  • Please pray for me, I’m really struggling with my faith. I want to hear God speaking to me, and I want to come into obedience and submission to Jesus as my Lord, and trust in Him fully and in Him alone for my salvation…….thank you.

  • Hello, I’ve been finding it difficult to keep my faith alive. I’ve tried praying more, reading the bible more and reading more devotionals. Some days my faith is strong, some days it’s weak and I find myself questioning everything. I don’t want this back and forth rocky, wavy faith. I want firm and unmoving faith. How do I get that?

  • Lately I have been going through so much, financialy, health wise, even family matters, I have now stop trusting in everybody, not even myself, I have been hurt so much I feel numb now, I don’t trust my family, I just don’t trust anybody. I have terminal cancer and I just want to go someplace to be by myself, even die by myself. I have been told many times you should be happy that you get to see another day, I have so much responsibility that I feel tired and just want to give up, every time I seek help they often ask for money, something I don’t have, what should I do? I pray but it don’t seem like my prayers are being answered I love the Lord and Jesus, but I feel they have abandoned me too, what should I really do? I can’t keep going on like this, I feel so ?.

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