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Is There a Prayer for Salvation?

The Bible is clear about salvation, but very little to say about a certain kind of prayer to be saved. That we shall prove below.  However, in most local churches globally today, it is very common to hear people talk about either praying or leading others in a “sinner’s prayer.” There is no such a thing as let us pray for the salvation of souls or " Father touch their heart, if it's as hard as metamorphic rock, let the hammer of the word of God break it to pieces......NO!! So, is there such thing as “prayer of salvation” or a “sinner’s prayer?” And if not, what is the best way to receive salvation? So, in considering how to "receive" and "pray for" salvation, there are three clarifications I want to make about salvation that will hopefully help us think appropriately about it and answer our main question. 1. Salvation Is Not Something We Do (not even by prayers).

It Is Something That has been Done for Us (by Christ Jesus). Being saved is not a task to accomplish or a notch to put in our belt to just make our lives better. If it were, it will be an achievement by one's effort. Salvation is not even a temporary change of habits (which has become a litmus test for some evaluators of salvation), that is inconsequential.

It is not a conversion to a set of religious beliefs and rules, that would be works-based. Instead, salvation is a miraculous act of the Holy Spirit to redeem and regenerate our eternal spirits that were dead, forgive us of our sins because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and to justify us before an everlasting Father because of the substitutionary righteousness of Christ. That is why the physician, Luke preached that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Therefore, a prayer, no matter what kind of prayer it is, cannot save us. Only God can save us.

2. Salvation Is Not an Event, But the Beginning of a Process.

While salvation begins with the event of spiritual rebirth, it evolves into a life-long journey of “sanctification” which took effects at new birth and culminates in the enablement for us to move toward maturity by the Holy Spirit’s work. It then climaxes in our “glorification” which is our final, physical phase of our salvation which takes place in Heaven when we are given a new body and get to spend eternity with God, our Saviour. Therefore, the idea of a one-time prayer to save us to get us into Heaven or keep us out of hell is (if nothing else) a grossly immature and insufficient view of salvation. 3. Salvation Is Not Complicated, But easily received through faith in the gospel.

One of the simplest presentations of salvation in Scripture is when the Apostle Paul declares:  “If you openly declare 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 openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, NLT). That’s it — boldly declare your faith in the gospel outwardly, having fully believed in Christ inwardly. At the same time, the work of salvation is "impossible" by man and not easy either for Jesus. What Jesus had to do to purchase our salvation is as eternally opposite of “easy” as you can get. Therefore, since Christ has already done all of the work to offer us salvation, a specific prayer or set of phrases in our prayer is not necessary for someone to be saved. As long as you are responding to God’s grace from a heart of faith and belief, then the rest of the details can be as varied as the circumstances that led you to that moment of surrender to God. What Does This Mean? While there is no such thing as a “sinner’s prayer” that saves us, we should make sure that we never lead someone to think otherwise. There is absolutely no kind of prayer that, in response to God’s grace, results in our salvation.

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