A Prayer to
"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
This is one of the most important verses in the entire Bible --
It tells us the requirements to be
Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, `Lord,
Lord,' and do not do what I say?
There are no 'magic words' to become a Christian.
Remember -- praying is
God, not just saying words. I
suggest you pray this prayer:
Father God, I come to You right now, in the name of your most Holy Son, Jesus
Christ, asking You to accept me as a Christian.
You say in Your word that if I confess my sins and ask forgiveness, You are
faithful and will forgive my sins and remember them no more. You will
not hold them against me and You will give me everlasting life.
Father, I confess that I have sinned against You. I have not followed
Your commandments and I have broken Your laws. I repent of my sins
and ask for Your forgiveness.
Father, I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, came to Earth and was
born, that He lived among us, and that He was crucified to pay for our sins
and for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the
dead and gave Him power over all creation.
Lord, right now I accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior and as the Lord of my
life. Send the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, lead me and counsel
me. Send Your angels to gather around me and protect me. Protect me
from Satan and his evil forces. Help me grow in wisdom, knowledge and
love for You and Your ways. Give me the strength and courage to change
my ways and resist the Devil and avoid sin in the future.
Lord, I thank You for sending Your only Son to die so that I can live.
Jesus, I thank You in that You died for me while I was still
a sinner and had not yet accepted You. I thank You for forgiving my
sins and for bringing me to a saving knowledge of You. Please bless
me and protect me. Teach me to pray. Guide me. Increase
my faith, and make me sure in the knowledge that I can rely on
You, no matter what may come. Lead me to a good church
where I can learn Your word and the Father's will, where I can fellowship
with Christians and grow in my knowledge of You.
I ask these things in Your most holy and precious name, and I thank You for
making me a Christian.
If you earnestly prayed that prayer, you are now
As a Christian, you have obligations. Christianity isn't
a "vaccine" you take once and everything stays the same. You must sincerely
try to change your ways to avoid sin. God will help you do this.
When you feel tempted to sin, immediately ask God for
grace and strength to resist the Devil. If possible, get away from
the temptation. Sometimes, this means you may have to avoid people
or places you used to like, such as singles bars.
GO JOIN A CHURCH!
The biggest mistake you can make at this point is to accept Christ and try
to "go it alone." You don't have to join the first church you visit,
but don't spend the next six months "window shopping" either!
This is just my personal opinion, but I suggest you join a moderate-size
church -- one with at least several hundred members, but no more than about
one-to-two thousand members. With less than a few hundred members there
is too much of danger of financial problems and church politics, where a
handful of long-time members run roughshod over the pastor. With a
congregation of several thousand, there is too much of a tendancy to become
"just another number", where your spiritual needs aren't being met.
Ask how long the current pastor has been there and how long the previous
pastor was there. In non-Methodist denominations, a high turnover rate
could indicate a church that is wracked with politics. Methodist churches
are episcopal, meaning they have a bishop who appoints pastors
in his district. Historically, Methodist pastors were
reassigned every year. In such circumstances, the pastor
never has a real chance to develop and carry out an agenda. However,
that is changing; in our episcopal district (CME Dallas-Fort Worth), for
instance, the bishop has been leaving most pastors with the same congregation
for several years, and the improvement is obvious.
START ATTENDING A BIBLE STUDY
You don't have to attend Bible study group to be saved, but you definitely
will benefit from one. Realize that in most churches, adult
Bible-study groups are substantially different from "Sunday School" when
you were a kid. If they're not, you probably should look for a different
CHRISTIANS AREN'T PERFECT -- JUST
Don't think that just because you are now a Christian you won't ever sin
again. When you do sin in the future, don't think that
it proves God didn't really accept you. God is interested in our effort,
in our good intentions. Humans aren't sinners because we sin,
we sin because we are sinners. It is our
nature to sin. God helps us to reduce the
amount we sin, but even He can't keep us from ever sinning again -- until
He changes our nature at the Rapture.
WELCOME TO ETERNAL LIFE . . .
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