Prayer of Salvation

If you were to die today, do you know with absolute certainty where you would spend eternity? Do you realize that it is possible to know?

The Bible says in 1 John 5:11-13:

"And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  So whoever has God's Son has life; whoever does not have His Son does not have life. I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life."

The Bible tells us in many places that Jesus is God's Son.  The following is one of those places:

John 20:31--But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name."

Jesus, the Son of God, said this about Himself in John 14:6:

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Jesus Himself said that there is no other way to come to the Father God except by coming through Him. Religion cannot provide the way to God.  Doing good works cannot get you to God.  The only way to the Father God is through Jesus. Why is that true? Because Jesus is the One who took the sins of the world upon Himself and died on the cross of Calvary to pay the price necessary to free you from sin. Then God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to prove that He accepted Jesus' sacrifice.

No other religion, no other god and no other man could ever pay the price for sin--only Jesus, the perfect Son of God, could do it.  He proved by suffering for your sins and giving His own life for you how much He loves you. No one else has ever loved you like that.

Yet even though you may believe that God exists--though you may even believe that Jesus is God's Son and that He died on the cross--there is yet one thing you need to do.  For the Bible says that even the demons believe there is a God, and they tremble (James 2:19). But demons will not spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

In order to be right with God, it is necessary to be born again.  Jesus said this to a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus in John 3:3 when He said:

"I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God."

What does it mean to be born again?  It simply means that you receive Jesus as your own personal Savior, that you accept His death on the cross as the total price necessary to pay for your sins and make you right with God.  And when you receive Jesus into your life, something wonderful happens inside.  He not only forgives you, but He brings His very life and nature to live in you.  You are changed, given His perfect standing with the Father God and made ready for Heaven. 

It's not difficult to receive Jesus and be born again.  God has made it so easy that even a child can do it. Simply pray the following prayer out loud, and as you do, pray it with a trusting heart. God will hear you, and He will answer you.  The prayer is based on Romans 10:9-10:

"For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."

Prayer:

Dear God in Heaven,

I come to You to receive Your free gift of salvation. I believe that Jesus is Your Son. I believe He died on the cross to pay for my sins and that You raised Him from the dead.

Jesus, come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. I believe Your Word that says I am now forgiven of my sins. I am born again, I am saved, I am a child of God. When I die I will go to Heaven to live with You forever. Thank You, dear Father God, for receiving me into Your family.

In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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