Prayer of Salvation: What is a Sinner’s Prayer?
A “sinner’s prayer” is any prayer that is made asking God for forgiveness of your sins that are committed in not keeping all of God’s Laws. Jonah 2:9 states, “Salvation comes from the LORD.” Salvation is by Grace of God, not of works, lest any man boasts. The Bible says in Acts 16:31 to be saved, you must “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” You are born again by The Act of Repentance, meaning to turn from sin and disobedience to Gods word. This means, walking in the example and way of Christ: You must have daily talks with God, Study the Bible and do acts of Kindness.
When praying a sinner’s prayer, you must have spiritual understanding and an open heart to the truth when you pray. Romans 5: 18-21 states, for as by one man’s (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, [through a genetic blood inheritance] so by the obedience of one (The Messiah) shall many be made righteous. The Bible also tells us “Life is in the blood.” Under God’s Rule of Law, Ephesians 1:7-8 states, “In Him (Mashiach, Messiah, Emanuel, the lamb, Christ,) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished upon us with all wisdom and understanding.” (15 Year Old Israeli Boy’s Chilling Testimony Tour of Heaven, Original Version)
Now is always the time, the present, to say the Sinners Prayer. Before you die and walk through the portal of time, you must be willing to look in the mirror and face the truth. “Where Do People Go When They Die?” It depends on if they have said the Sinners Prayer and have done The Acts of Repentance mentioned above. In the end times, it will also depend on if they have changed their genetic DNA and blood. Man’s genetic DNA soul is eternal and redeemable under Gods binding legal covenant with humanity. Why? Genesis 9:6 (NASB) tells us, In the image of God, he made man. We are given the choice where we want to spend eternity, under the Laws of God, as long as man remains genetically pure, unaltered, and 100% fully human.
Why? As in the days of Noah, people who are genetically altered, become unredeemable through the transformational act of alteration. They no longer qualify to say the Sinners Prayer, under the law for salvation no matter how good they are as a person, or how good a life they have lead or how much good they have done in the world. God is just. Under the battle of Good vs. Evil, Truth and Justice requires adherence to the Rule of Law through The Sinners Prayer and a personal acceptance of Christ blood sacrifice, The (Eternal Gift of Life) for Mankind. Salvation then is a matter of qualifying under the letter of God’s law to ask for God’s gift of mercy and salvation through Christ.
In the End of Days, the bible teaches in “Genesis 2” it will be like the days of Noah and the Nephilim. That means there will be unredeemable Transhumanism. You must know the answer to, what is transhumanism, or what does it mean to be human.
Revelation tells us that in the End of Days once a person hears God’s word and falls away from the truth of Gods ordinances and statutes and Christ sacrifice, they will follow that which is good and wise in their own eyes.
What would that look like? Accepting the Anti-Christ’s (Satan’s) “Mark of the Beast” whose number is known as 666, in their hand or forehead, which could be a type of tattoo, computer chip or other mark that may be accompanied by the promise to extend one’s physical life.
The Bible says in this time, great pressure will be brought to bear; you will not be able to buy or sell without this mark. Basically, you won’t be able to participate in any of the financial world systems without it. Life won’t be easy. People who don’t have the mark will suffer great hardship in living daily life.
In taken the mark, one spiritually and physically gives their life and allegiants to the one world religion and one world global governing order through compromising your integrity to the word of God. Many believe that all roads lead to God and are looking to making all religions into one single great world religion. The Bible clearly states in Isaiah 44:6, I am the First and the Last; there is no other God. In John 14:6, Jesus states, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Acceptance of this mark will alter that person’s blood and DNA structure in a way to make them no longer fully human. Especially if combined with animal DNA to create a type of highbred human. Now Biohackers gear up for genome editing, becoming Transhuman through what is known as bio or body hacking declaring The War on God. . How? One defiles God’s creation by performing that which is unnatural according to the Bible. Man is eternal and given the choice to live away from a relationship with a loving God, [the “I AM”] in eternally disgrace resulting from defiling God’s creation and the relationship under His covenant with humanity. A choice for Death and Hell, and a life of eternal isolation from God.
The Bible says in Revelations 14:9-11, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
However, anyone who does not receive the mark or worship the beast can still ask God for forgiveness through the Sinners Prayer.
The Requirements of Biblical Justice
Why you are not forgiven without saying the Sinners Prayer. Deuteronomy 32:4 gives a description of God the Father as “The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just: A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” God says, “There is a way that seems right to man…My ways are higher than your ways.” We must recognize that living as the crooked, is not genuine truth. Isaiah 59:2 says that -your iniquities have separated you from God (our Father who loves us and wish none to perish), and your sins have hidden his face from you, that you will not hear from God the Father. Gods Righteousness and Justice requires you to meet the standard of His Rule of law, something man can’t do on his own. So God created an acceptable solution that even a child could understand, that would satisfy the legal requirement of His law. How? He provided a Messiah, the Savior who took our place and offered his blood as a sacrifice for the remission of our sins.
The Bible says the only thing required, Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. That you confess with your mouth, unto salvation, the sinners prayer, Jesus is Lord. He came and took our place so that we could now come freely and ask for forgiveness for our trespasses against the Laws of God and God himself by The Sinners prayer.
Jesus is the Living Word, the Face of God the Father, sent to show us by example how to live. The Holy Spirit is the voice of God the Father given as the Helper to personally instruct us. Together the three make up the Trinity.
God our Father in Heaven in 2 Chronicles 7:14 promises if we “…shall humble ourselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from our wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land…” “To be Holy as He is holy”
Holiness is to live out the will of God in your life. To be willing to choose to be born again, by changing and transforming one’s life from living in rebellion and compromise that which puts away Gods ordinances and statutes, to living only in God’s Laws of Truth.
You must seek “the way of Peace” and to “love one another as Jesus loved us.” To see and look with your heart not see with your eyes. Jesus teaches that the heart of the law is justice and mercy. To be forgiven, we must first forgive others. It is for love and by the mercy of God you are saved.
If a person feels he or she has sinned and failed to meet the mark of keeping all of God’s Ordinances and Laws and needs to ask for forgiveness or guidance, they would speak to the Lord with a sinner’s prayer. If you are inviting the Lord back into your life you would recite a sinner’s prayer. There is no formal language for a sinner’s prayer; rather, it is a declaration from the heart.
Reciting a sinner’s prayer is a verbal statement that satisfies the requirement under the law to God that you understand he is your savior who has fully and completely paid in full the price of your redeemable soul through his death and resurrection. In Acts 2:38, Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” By praying to God you are recognizing his existence and his role in your life and asking that he forgive you of your sins and have mercy on you as you repent for your transgressions. In doing so, you accept the logic that you must repent for your transgressions in order to become part of the Kingdom of God. As stated in Act 2:21, “And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The Sinner’s Prayer
Inviting Jesus into your heart is a common theme throughout the Geneva Bible, the bible used by America’s Pilgrims and Founding Fathers, and a basic principle of Christianity in America. The Geneva Bible provides commentary along with its Biblical teaching of God’s word. It directly helped develop the American form of government, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Similarly, to asking Jesus into your heart, so is asking for forgiveness for your sins through prayer. A sinner’s prayer is regarded by many as a biblical expression of faith and repentance, but some have proposed that there is more to repentance than a formulaic prayer. For by faith are you saved.
Yet, when we turn to the bible we see that we do, indeed, welcome Jesus into our hearts, “Ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord,” (Col. 2.6 KJV). So, where did this terminology come from? Why do we now turn to a prayer to express our sins?
During the great missionary movement of the 19th century the idea of “receiving Christ in your heart” was most commonly used to suggest that one needed to accept the divine founder’s word into their life. In the 1970s religious leaders looked for simple ways to explain to children how and why they should accept the Lord into their lives and how He desires all people’s salvation (2 Peter 3:9). It is at this point that the notion of a sinner’s prayer, in the form we now know it to be, was born.
Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6) Why? “I am the resurrection and the life: he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25, 26)
Thomas Kidd, a writer for patheos.com, an active Christian discussion group states:
If potential converts (children or adults) are so unfamiliar with basic Bible doctrine that they can understand nothing more than “asking Jesus into their heart,” they probably should wait to make a commitment, until they understand the gravity of sin, and Christ’s offer of forgiveness. Of course, Christians should never make the gospel more complex than it needs to be, but we don’t want to make it trite, either.
Is there danger in believing that the sinner’s prayer is for one to believe that by simply praying all your sins will be washed away? No. There is no danger. In fact, the thief on the cross that was crucified with Jesus said, we deserve our punishment and ask to “remember me when you come into your Kingdom, and Jesus replied “this day you shall be with me in paradise”. The thief was repentant, and asked for mercy. You must “confess with your mouth and believe in your heart” to be saved. You must seek God with your whole heart. He says if you seek Him, you shall find Him.
When engaging in a sinner’s prayer it should be authentic and genuine. If you can’t commit to this you are not ready to ask our Savior for His ear. You should be able to realize what you’ve done wrong and be ready to accept penance and forgiveness from God. God says when you are forgiven, “He will remember your sin no more….”
Being forgiven does not always remove the consequences in this earthly realm that result from the performance of the forgiven sin. For example: Adultery, Fornication, Rape, Incest all may result in the creation of a life or the catching of a disease. Murder, Abortion, removal of so called Brain Death patient from a ventilator can result in the loss of a life and the murder of a living sentient being. Stealing, Covertness may result in prison time. Each sin comes with their own opportunity cost some greater than others that may need to be reconciled in addition to receiving forgiveness. Why because the heart of the law are Justice and Mercy.
Popular Prayers for Forgiveness
Famous 20 century criminal and gangster Al Capone, had hundreds of people killed and murdered dozens of others by his own hand, yet he seeked God at the end of his life. He had a prayer written on his tomb stone “My Jesus, Mercy.”
It can be difficult to know where to start when speaking to a Holy God, particularly if it is your first time. For many people talking to God is challenging, and asking Him for forgiveness and admitting your wrongdoings can be an overwhelming experience. Remember, God the Father is a loving God, and He wants a relationship with us. God said all that is needed is to repent in your heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus was born of a Virgin, died on the cross as complete payment for our sins, and rose again on the third day.
Scan and use the language in the prayers below to help you begin your sinner’s prayer:
- Example 1 – The Consequences of My Sin
- Example 2 – I’ve Broken Your Laws
- Example 3 – Please, Have Mercy on Me
Review more prayers from the Geneva Bible.
Sin tends to be a negative word, but God understands and expects us to sin to miss His standards set in His Law. It is in the act of asking for forgiveness as we see in the Parable of the foot washing that we continue to connect with and strengthen our relationship with the Lord. In Romans 10:9-10 it is stated, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
The sinner’s prayer must come from your heart. Remember, when saying The Sinner’s Prayer, God loves you and wants a relationship with you. John 3:16 says; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In John 6:37 (GWT) Christ promises, “I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) promises “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” By Christ, we have gained access by Faith. (Romans 8:1-2) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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