If you feel that God is calling you to come to Him then these two prayers below are meant only to be a guide in how to talk/pray to Him. There is no specific magic words that people can udder that suddenly makes them saved. A sincere repentant heart is what Jesus hears.
Lord, I want to go to heaven someday. Come into my heart and forgive me of all my sins. Create a new heart in me today as you will create a new home for me in Heaven. Live with me here on earth and help me to follow you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
Dear God, I confess I am a sinner. Thank you that Jesus took my punishment upon Himself when He died on the cross for my sins, and then rose from the dead, defeating death. Today I repent and place my trust in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
John 5:24 I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
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There are other examples in scripture where the persons didn’t have any formal type of prayer that we can see to be assured of their salvation. I’ll give some examples here. How about the most commonly known story of the thief on the cross being crucified with Jesus and another criminal. Luke 23:32-43. The conversation was brief with Jesus, but the key fact is that it was a face to face encounter with Jesus Himself. During Jesus’ time on earth He had the power to heal and forgive people.
Matthew 9:2-8 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.
Consider that Jesus had not yet died when He saved the thief on the cross. The New Covenant had not been established yet because Jesus still breathed life. The thief died under the Old Covenant. We now have the Word of God and are under the New Covenant law where Jesus sits at the right hand of God. Hebrews 9:15-18 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
Now probably the most commonly known conversion in the New Testament would be Paul’s. It can be confusing here as there was more than one Saul spoken about in the scriptures. Here we have a Jewish Rabbi (pre-Christian Saul/name changed later to Paul) holding a powerful position among the high priests. Saul had felt justified by persecuting Christians and even approved of Stephen’s stoning. Acts 7:54-8:3.
Everyone has a past and things they are ashamed of. Paul is an ideal example of how God is full of grace, and can forgive anything from anyone. Paul’s letter: 1 Tim 1:13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
So here we have Saul from Tarsus on a mission to finding and murdering more of Jesus’ disciples and he is stopped in his tracks on the road to Damascus. Read 2 chapters 9 & 26 in Acts. Saul is not seeking out Salvation here but is literally chosen by God in that moment. Heaven opens up and Saul’s life is completely changed. Is it in that moment when Saul is saved when replies to Jesus’ voice questioning him from heaven? “Who are you, Lord?” That supernatural moment was profound. Paul’s heart was changed in an instant and his blindness for 3 days represented what we are without Jesus. Living in the dark and to be separated from God for eternity.
2 Corinthians 4:4-6 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
God knows each one of our hearts intimately. He knows all of our thoughts and motives. I used to worry as a child if I was genuinely saved because I had forgotten parts of what I had said in my prayer. Asking Jesus into your life isn’t a formula or a recited prayer that goes on in churches today. This can be dangerous because it can give false hope if it isn’t authentic. Anyone can recite something word for word. Lots of people have the basic head knowledge about who Jesus Christ is. Living in North America you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about how Jesus saves. If they themselves have not established a personal relationship with the Lord then they are in real danger.
Each individual now a resident in heaven today have unique stories and circumstances that brought them to Christ. There are no coincidences or accidents and people getting into heaven by the skin of their teeth. God doesn’t operate that way. God has a plan for everyone’s life, and there is a purpose for it all. Being born again is a unique private moment that you share with Jesus and God the Father. As I’ve written other articles many are in Heaven already for reasons beyond their control. God sent His Son here to save us from ourselves.
People have been debating since the beginning of time about how people can have eternal life. There are a lot of theories and philosophies that confused many. Just look at the confusion and variety of denominations of religion there are today. Satan our enemy stirs this dissension up and is hard at work within our churches keeping people distracted and more importantly, blinded from the truth.
The Lord has all of these answers and it’s best to pray and read the Bible when we have doubts. Lets not box God in too much. God is capable of anything so do not be discouraged. Our Lord is full of grace and mercy and is in the business of changing hearts and lives. Remember we don’t change our own hearts, but rather Jesus Christ does the work in us. God would never turn away a repentant heart and hears all of our sincere thoughts and prayers.
Having a relationship with Jesus is the best decision of your life.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”