Salvation Prayer – The Cornerstone is Christ?
What is the so-called Salvation Prayer? What do I do to get “saved?” At one point or another we all ask ourselves this question.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9) .
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” (John 3:3).
Salvation Prayer – Back to Basics
The Salvation Prayer is merely a road to rebirth in Jesus Christ. To be born again you must confess Jesus as Lord and believe that He is. When you ask Him into your heart, you are allowing Him to be the Lord of your life. Unfortunately, the Church today has complicated the Salvation message with various layers of extra “stuff.”
So, let’s get back to the basics!
A. Salvation is the “permission slip” to enter heaven when you leave this world.
B. Salvation takes place when a person listens to the salvation message, believes it, and makes a decision to receive Jesus into his or her heart.
Salvation Prayer – The Simple Steps:
1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord.
2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
3. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later.
4. Repent of your sins and get baptized in the name of Jesus.
Salvation Prayer – Merely a Tool to Communicate Our Faith
The Salvation Prayer is not a ritual based on specific words. This is not the power of a prayer, but the power of truly committing our lives to Christ as Savior and Lord. The following is merely a guideline for our sincere step of faith:
If you decided to repent of your sins and receive Christ today, welcome to God’s family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
– We have all
and deserve God’s judgment.
, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He
for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was
rose from the dead
according to the
. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your
, declaring, “
Jesus is Lord
,” you will be saved from
and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions
Some simple prayers of salvation in the Christian faith are to profess that Jesus Christ died on the cross as payment for mankind’s sin and to state acceptance of Christ as a personal savior. A simple prayer of salvation also asks God to transform the person’s life to serve God.
By praying for God’s powers of transformation to work in the person’s life, a prayer of salvation often asks for God to use the person’s life as a testament to God’s glory and plan of salvation. Additional prayers of salvation thank God for his mercy and for the gift of eternal life. Typically, a salvation prayer also acknowledges that the person is a sinner deserving of punishment.
A salvation prayer generally acknowledges Jesus Christ as God. Often a confession of faith, a simple salvation prayer adds that God became human in the form of Jesus Christ in order to die in place of mankind. Another simple prayer of salvation expresses a desire to trust Jesus Christ for salvation and for direction in life.
The Prayer of Salvation, sometimes referred to as “the Sinner’s Prayer” is probably the most important prayer anyone can ever say.
When you are ready to become a committed Christian, it means you are ready to engage in your first real conversation with your Creator, God.
You are effectively acknowledging that you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
That Jesus left Heaven and came down to earth in the form of man and lived like man, yet led a sinless life.
The prayer of salvation admits that Jesus died in our place, and because of that saving action, we don’t have to pay the ultimate penalty we deserve.
Through this prayer, we are confessing of our past sinful life — admitting we are now ready to fully trust and embrace the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
We are asking Jesus to
- enter our hearts,
- reside there,
- and start living through us.
Why Do We the Need Salvation Prayer?
Because of our sinful lives, God’s judgment is upon us — death (see Romans 6:23). Because we were born in sin and our sinful nature, death is what we deserve and there is not much that you and me can do to correct or make matters right with God.
It is because of God’s love for us that He became flesh and lived among us Jesus Christ.
However, we rejected God’s Son and put Jesus to a horrifying death through Crucification. That was Jesus dying in our place, taking the burden of our sins and our deserved judgment upon Himself (see 2 Cor. 5:21).
After death, Jesus resurrected proving that His ultimate payment for our sin was sufficient. He had by the power of God overcome both sin and death.
God offers us salvation as a gift which we receive through a prayer of salvation. You may want to read 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 for more on that.
Your Salvation Begins With an Expression of Faith
Salvation is an expression of faith in Jesus Christ and when we say the salvation prayer, we are effectively letting God know we accept and believe His Word is real, true, and living.
Through the faith imparted to us by God, we are now choosing to believe and trust in Him. We are expressing our free will, choosing to believe Him, a demonstration of faith.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that:
What Does the Prayer Imply?
The Sinner’s Prayer is said as an admission that we have sinned.
The Bible says:
For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Uttering the Sinner’s Prayer signifies a recognition that that everyone, except Jesus Christ has sinned.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Simple prayer of salvation and repentance
A model prayer of faith can be molded along these lines, but your words must come from conviction:
“Dear God, I know and accept that I am a sinner, not deserving to receive eternal life.
But, today, I believe that You died and rose again from the dead to purchase a place for me in Heaven.
Lord Jesus Christ, come now into my life and take full control of my life.
From now, be my Lord and Savior, save me and forgive my sins. I repent of all my sins and now I place all my trust in You.
I receive and accept your free gift of eternal salvation and eternal life -Amen”.
Having noted the above, it is important you don’t just base your salvation on the fact that you have said the Sinner’s Prayer.
Merely reciting a prayer is not sufficient to save you! Your salvation comes through faith.
The prayer of salvation is an affirmation of that faith in God.