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My brother is running away from God as hard as he can, and I don't know what to do. We grew up in a fairly religious home, but we've gone our separate ways and I'm afraid he's going to destroy himself. I've tried praying for him, but it hasn't done any good.


God is able to do what we can’t do, and that includes working in another person’s life to convict them of sin and draw them to Christ. The Bible says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

And that’s why I urge you to keep praying for your brother, even if nothing seems to change. After all, you don’t know everything that’s going on in his heart; down inside, doubts may be arising about the way he’s living — doubts caused by the work of God’s Spirit. Or God may be using your prayers to keep him from even greater harm. From time to time I get letters from people who’ve prayed for a spouse or other loved one for many years — and are rejoicing because their prayers have finally been answered.

Also, do all you can to keep contact with your brother — not to lecture him (which he’d probably resent), but simply to let him know you care. Your love could be an example to him of Christ’s love.

At the same time, ask God to give you opportunities to talk with him about the life he’s living and where it’s likely to end up. Above all, seek to point him to Jesus Christ, who loves him and yearns for him to become part of His family forever. The Bible says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6).

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  1. Elisabeth Blake says:

    Thank you for this word of encouragement.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Please pray for our daughter she has turned from God and our family. We have raised her in Christian home and she don’t want to hear anything about God. She once walked so close to Christ and has been used on international missions to lead people to Christ. We are desperate for your prayers she is on a road to destruction on her life. Many bad things she is doing that is not what Christians do.She is 20 and now living with a friend and (her) family.She want answer calls or text.Please pray for God to rebuke this darkness that’s on her.

  3. Gwen Cline says:

    Please pray my son will be heald from his broken heart, and Father will get him the perfect place to live. Thank you and bless you.

    1. Kelli Hanspard says:

      Dearest Father, I’m standing with Gwen in her prayers for her brother. I prayer Jehovah Rapha that you heal his broken heart, and that you also place him on a home that secures his safety and puts in him in perfect alignment with your will. I thank you in advance for hearing our prayers. In your son’s darling name. Amen and thank you Jesus!