What is the sinner’s prayer? The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays unto God when they understand that their life is full of sin and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.
The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is that one must understand that we are all sinners. Romans 3:10 proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned and fallen short of His glory. We are all sinners in need of grace, mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal judgment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of punishment. It is a plea for a chance at eternal salvation, instead of His anger. Thank you for your mercy God.
The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to sacrifice our lost and sinful conditions. God became flesh, in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15).
Because of all of you, I can have my sins forgiven and promises of eternal home in Heaven – if I will just place my faith in Christ. All I have to do is believe that He died in my place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Thank you for that gift.
When saying the sinner’s prayer, it is simply a way of declaring to God that you are accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “special” words that lead to salvation. It is your faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that saves us. Once you understand that you are a sinner who is in need of salvation through Jesus Christ. Here is a prayer you can pray to God: “God, I am a sinner. I know that I don’t deserve your grace and mercy, but more like the consequences of my sins. However, I trust in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I believe that Jesus death and resurrection afforded me forgiveness and Salvation. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for salvation and forgiveness to me! In Jesus name, Amen!”
Have you prayed the sinner’s prayer and truly repented of your sins?