Many people fail to understand that a simple salvation prayer can change a person’s eternal destiny. It’s easy to receive salvation in Christ: a child can even do it! The Bible says praying to receive Christ is as easy as asking. Of course, one must ask in faith, but there’s really nothing else to it.
The problem: many people complicate salvation into something deserved. They say a salvation prayer is not sufficient to save. These people teach that a change must first take place to believe. I believe the only thing that first must take place to believe is hear the Gospel, because God draws people to His Son through the truth (John 6:44-45).
Hearing & Believing
The Bible teaches that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Before anyone prays a salvation prayer, he must hear the word of God. This is the only requirement to believe!
Romans 10:13-17: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias (Isaiah) saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith saves a person, but it must have an object. The object of faith is Jesus Christ: the Son of God. When a person believes in Him, it’s time to ask for salvation. I believe the above Scripture teaches we cannot call on the Lord without believing. After hearing the Gospel, faith is possible; and after faith, a salvation prayer.
The Bible promises that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). Therefore, after someone tells you words for salvation (Acts 11:14), you may believe and call on the Lord for it. However, the prayer is not what saves. Prayer is simply the first response of the heart that hears the gospel and believes on Jesus Christ.
Salvation is by grace; no one will ever deserve it, because we are all sinners. However, Christ makes salvation possible through faith. Before leading someone in a salvation prayer, you should verify faith in Christ is present.
Now you’re ready to pray!
A Salvation Prayer
O Lord, I know I’m a sinner. I know I deserve Hell. I believe Jesus Christ died for me. And I believe with all my heart that He arose from the dead. I ask you to save me right now and give me everlasting life. I believe in Jesus Christ, and I trust you to save me. Amen!