Backsliding can happen to the best of us. It's important to simply run to God and pray for repentance about your sins. God loves a backslider far more than they can imagine.
It happens to many Christians so never throw in the towel and walk away from God, thinking it's over.
When the enemy tries to make you feel unworthy of God's love because you returned to something you did in the past, ignore him.
The devil is a liar and he has been crushed by Christ.
You are not alone. God wants to walk with you and restore you because His mercy is endless.
Call to Him and pray for help when you've backslidden. This is a sign of strength when you look outward for divine assistance.
Jesus went to the Cross for every mistake a person could ever make. There is nothing that surprises Him.
No matter how badly you may have fallen from God, raise your hand and admit it, then allow the Holy Spirit to work within you to bring about a glorious renewal!
Prayer For When You've Backslidden
"Dear God, I come before You and admit that I have fallen short. You know that I have missed the mark and fallen back into my old ways. I don't want to live like this anymore. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wash me in Your love and mercy right now. I bind and rebuke the plans of the enemy against my life. I resist his sinful strategies against me. Lord, fill me with Your strength so that I can stand against his deception. Empower to live right before You in all that I do. I want to live for You and bring You all the honour and glory. In Jesus Name I pray, amen."
Bible Verses For Backsliders
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Matthew 6:15 - But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
James 5:16 - Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Luke 6:37 - Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Colossians 3:13 - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
How do you pray after backsliding?
Prayer after backsliding comes down to one's heart. The key is that their heart is open to genuinely changing and turning from their mistakes. God is quick to come to the rescue of those who are broken and are surrendered to Him.
Here is a quick prayer you can say if you are a backslider:
"Dear God, I am sorry. Please forgive me for my sins. I reach out and call on Your mercy. Fill me up with Your peace and strength. Heal my heart for I look to You as my only Source of true hope. Lead me daily through this journey of restoration. I trust that You have heard this prayer and thank You. Amen."
Can backsliders be forgiven?
This is a question that is commonly asked by Christians. According to 1 John 1:9 a backslider can be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. The key is that their heart is right. That they are genuinely repenting and seeking true restoration.
The price that Jesus paid for our mistakes is so high that no level of sin could ever overtake it. God's mercy and forgiveness is bountiful and there for the taking by backslider who asks.
Anyone who has backslidden should turn to God today. His arms are open wide for them no matter what they have done.
How do you stop backsliding from God?
The way to stop backsliding is to maintain your relationship with God on a daily basis. Just as your physical body needs food daily, your spirit also needs nourishment.
Examine your faith every single day. Take time to read God's Word and to pray in order to build your relationship with God.
No one is perfect so if you find yourself drifting from God, quickly repent and receive God's immediate forgiveness.
Stay plugged into godly relationships. Go to church and study the Word of God. Keep your walk with God growing stronger by the day.
Life is not easy for any Christian. It takes perseverance so push through the trying and tempting moments in life. Run your race to win.
God is faithful. Take time to remember what He has done for. If He did it before, He will do it again. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
How do you deal with a backslider?
It's important to walk in love with someone who is a backslider from God. They're broken and they need God's love to restore them.
It they are willing, help them to resist and rebuke whatever beliefs and actions led them to relapsing. Find scripture, such as the verses on this page, that they can read daily to build up their faith in God.
It's important to remind them that no matter how badly they feel, beating themselves up will never bring about restoration. Only turning to God and repenting will lead them down the path to restoration.