The Sinner’s Prayer

If you would like God to forgive all your sins and make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, then stop here and say this prayer to God. (Prayer is simply talking to God.)

Dear Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for me. Please forgive me of all my sins. Jesus, please come into my heart and wash my sins away. Please be the Lord of my life and help me to live for you every day. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

The Bible says when a sinner repents and makes Jesus his Lord, the angels in heaven rejoice.

A word of warning is advised at this point. As we read in the story of the ten virgins, not all who call themselves Christians will make it to heaven. Knowing about Jesus and the plan of salvation is no guarantee of making it to heaven. When we arrive in heaven, the greatest surprise will be seeing people we did not think would make it. And just as surprising will be the absence of those we thought would be there. The Bible says Jesus knocks on the door of our hearts and wants to come in and live with us.

The important thing to realize is God wants our hearts, not just our minds. Head knowledge about salvation does not save us, but sincerely allowing God to forgive and wash our sins away will allow God to give you a new heart.  When your heart is changed, people will notice you have been changed and made into a new person in Christ. This is called being “Born Again.”

 Guideline for Leading Someone to Jesus – Share God’s Plan of Salvation

1. Admit you are a sinner and repent.

(Romans 3:10 NIV), “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.”

(Romans 3:23 NIV), “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

(Luke 5:32 NIV), “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

2. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

(John 3:16 NIV), “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

3. Confess or declare that Jesus is the Lord of your life.

(Romans 10:9 NIV), “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved./

Lois Vogel Sharp, King of Glory Ministries

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  1. You mentioned saying a “Sinner’s Prayer,” but do you have any scriptural basis for the statement that God will forgive and save a person just by them praying?

    God does have a plan of salvation for all people that includes belief (John 8:24), as you mentioned. It does Also include repentance (Luke 13:3) and confession (Romans 10:9,10) just as you stated. But it also includes baptism (Mark 16:16). Jesus said he who believes and is baptized shall be saved – not the person who simply prays a prayer. God requires obedience on our part and not just lip service (Matthew 7:21).

    So, teaching that one can pray a prayer only is misleading. God’s plan of salvation includes that an individual must be baptized. And then, we must live faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10) to receive a crown of life.

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