We all know someone who’s going through a rough time in their life. Maybe it’s something huge like losing a job or a losing a loved one, but it could be something smaller like problems at work or school. They are really stressed, upset, or angry over these events. Because we care about them, we want to help them. What does the Bible say we are to do?
First and foremost, we need to pray for them. The New Testament is full of verses telling us to pray for each other. James 5:16b says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” If we’re righteous, our prayers will accomplish much. While we all would be willing to pray for someone we love or care about, not all of us would be as willing to pray for someone who has hurt us, or who is an enemy. We are told in Matthew 5:44 to pray for our enemies. If we see someone going through a hard time, we need to pray for them, even if it is someone who has caused us much pain.
Secondly, we need to help them as much as we can. Galations 6:2 says that we need to bear one another’s burdens. If they need help doing something, we should be there to help them with it. However, we need to be careful to do it humbly, and not rub it in their face that we can do something that they can’t. It’s hard sometimes to be humble like that, but where is the value in helping when we make it obvious we think we’re better than they are?
Sometimes though, there is nothing that we can do for people besides pray for them. In those times, we can just be there for them. Sometimes that means we’re there to talk, other times it means we’re just there, not saying anything. While that may seem hard to do, it can make all the difference in the world to them, because they then know that someone truly cares for them.
Helping other Christians who are going through hard times is extremely important. We all know someone who is, so pray for them, and see what you can do for them.