In How To Give Away Your Faith, by Marie and Paul Little, they state that each of us should ask ourselves, "Are there people for whom I am praying by name every day, asking God the Holy Spirit to open their eyes, enlighten them and bend their wills until they receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Are there any people with whom I am seeking opportunities to show the love of Christ"? We may simply ask God to show us even one person whom he wants us to befriend, pray for, love and eventually bring to the Savior.
Furthermore, having a few things in mind to say beforehand will help overcome our nervousness. When we assume people lack interest, we tend to defeat ourselves before we start. Each successful encounter with a non-Christian will lead us to greater faith and confidence for the next one. Many people are deeply touched by a genuine compliment. Criticism somethimes can be far more natural to our lips than praise, but praise can make others more open to the gospel. Jesus Christ has come into our lives and given us the capacity to get out of ourselves and love others. If Jesus Christ is a reality to us, his love might reach out through us to some very unlikely people whom everyone else might shun. The very capacity to love them comes from Him.
All Christians should be able to defend their faith. The authors state that they are not suggesting that we should stop if we don't have all the answers. When we don't know the answers we can always stand on what we do know: Jesus Christ has changed our lives. Our own personal experience of how Jesus Christ meets specific needs will help others to see how very relevant and reliable the promises of Jesus Christ are. A hymn that expresses well the reality of living by faith in all life's situations is based on the promise of Jesus' continuing presence. He said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).