A PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Jesus, I desire to make you Lord of my life. God, I believe in Jesus Christ as your son and that you raised him from the dead. I want that resurrection power in my life too. I don’t know much about you but I am willing to learn. Please come into my heart and make me a new creature. I am willing to turn away from my sin and follow you if you will help me because I can’t do it alone.
If you have sincerely prayed this prayer, and do believe in your heart, and have confessed with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead then you are saved. It is that simple. Salvation is a free gift. All you have to do is believe in His Son. Now that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, get a good bible (The King James Version is always a good choice. I have had great success with the Life Application Study Bible). Start reading the New Testament because it is easy to understand for new believers. Ask God to lead you to a church where you can get the help you need to better understand the Scripture as you can grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. As you do these things, you are creating an environment whereby He can take His rightful place in your heart as Lord of your life. Once you believe, you have to allow Him to take you a step further by making Him Lord of your life. That means that He will personally get involved in your life: Spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially in order to make a winner out of you. His main work in your life though is to make you more like His first son, Jesus. You will learn about who you are in Him and will come to understand your Kingdom privileges. This type of knowledge comes by reading the Word of God on a daily basis so that you might get to know Jesus better and by having a conversation with Him, called prayer. During this prayer time, pour your heart out to God. Share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hold nothing back. I guarantee you that He will not whisper a word of it to your neighbor. As a matter of fact, He already knows. He just wants you to admit it and to acknowledge that you need His help and He will help you through it. Also, allow God time to speak to you as well. You might hear a small still voice within. You might just have a knowing. He will speak to you through His Word or through someone else. In time, you will learn how to recognize His voice. For now, don’t strain to hear it. Just focus on reading the Word of God. You also need to fellowship with other believers so that you might be strengthen and encouraged on this wonderful journey that you have started on.
If you don’t have a church home try visiting different churches until you know which one is for you. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting different churches, just read your bible on a daily basis, pray and watch Christian television. TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) is a good place to start. They have wonderful bible teachers and pastors on their programs and until the Lord lead you to a church home, just sit in your T.V. room with your bible and commune with God as you hear the Word on T.V. Don’t worry. If you are sincere about fellowshipping and continuing your walk with Christ, God will let you know when it is time to get up and go out and find a church.
If you are sincere, God will lead you. For now, don’t worry about it. Just read and pray and take advantage of the good Christian T.V. programs. Getting help understanding the Word of God through the T.V. is better than getting no understanding at all. In time, God will take you a step further in your walk. Let me point a couple of things out: Going to church does not save you, doing religious things does not save you. Receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord is the only thing that brings spiritual salvation but going to church and banding together with other believers strengthens your walk and helps you to keep focus.