The following prayer is intended for the person who has recognized his/her need for God's salvation. There is nothing magical about the words. Saying words cannot save you. It has everything to do with the condition of your heart and attitude toward God. You must also be willing to lay down your life for God. He wants you to exchange your life for His. His salvation is all about you giving up on the idea that you can find life and happiness through your own efforts. The reality is that life only comes from God.
If you want life, you must surrender your life to Him and allow Him to give you what you need. God's economy is very different than our own. Real life doesn't come from our efforts to grasp pleasure and comfort. It comes from our learning to die to those things. Although it seems ludicrously backwards, I can testify to the truth that the greatest joy and life that I have found has come through me learning to die to my own attempts at finding life and trusting in God's way of providing it.
If you are not sure that you are ready to make this commitment (laying down your life for His), don't pray the prayer. Take your time and think through the decision. Jesus warned us of the dangers of rushing into this commitment. He suggested that you think it through like a man considering the costs of building a house or a king deciding to go to war against an opponent with a larger army (see passage Cost of Following at bottom of page).
He doesn't want anyone to make a shallow decision to follow Him. He said that doing so is like someone who takes hold of a plow but then turns around and looks back. Indecision leads to lukewarm commitment - and that leads to disillusionment. He has so much more for you than that. He wants you to hunger for Him with all of your heart. He will be had by you when you come to realize that He is a treasure of great worth. He is so precious that you are willing to go and sell everything you have in order to have Him (not that you will need to do so but that is the measure of your desire for Him and the life He has for you).
If you are not at that point yet, don't feel pressured into making a decision. That is a dangerous thing. What you have is a little hunger. God wants to increase it. Give Him time. Simply say yes to Him where you are right now and ask Him to increase your hunger. Ask Him to show you the futility of all of your previous efforts at finding life and happiness. Ask Him to reveal to you His beauty and worth.
To do anything else is to set yourself up for disappointment. A shallow commitment made through uncertainty is like seed that a farmer sows but falls onto rock or hard ground. It doesn't go deep enough to give you the life you need when the difficulties and distractions of life come your way. Give God time to break up the hard ground of your heart. Allow His dealings to soften your receptivity to His ways. Give Him opportunity to awe you with His majestic beauty. Let Him show you His faithfulness, goodness and trustworthiness. You will know that you are ready when you are willing to do anything to have the life He offers you. No price will be too great once you understand the treasure that is found only in Him.
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God, I believe that You love me. I want to open myself up to Your love. I receive all of the life You have for me. I'm tired of settling for worthless stuff. I want what is real. I believe that You are the source of all life. As such, I'm asking You to give me all of the life You have for me. I want to receive all that You have for me.
I believe that You became a person like me. You came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ because of Your great love for me. I believe that You suffered and died because You wanted to offer me eternal life. I believe that You rose from the dead because You have power over life and death. I want Your life-giving power at work in my life. I want to know You and to be united with You for all eternity. I want to dwell in Your eternal presence and commune with the infinite source of all life.
Please forgive me for all of my sins. I've blown it more times that I can count. I know that my sins have separated me from You. Jesus, I'm asking You to pay the debt my sins have earned. Please wash me clean by the life-giving blood You shed on my behalf. I cannot do it, but You already have. There is nothing that I can do to earn Your salvation. So, I receive it unworthily.
I receive Your forgiveness, healing and abundant life. I invite You into my life. I know that You love me and that You want to bring me into a place of abundant life in You. I give You my life because You first gave Yours for me. I willingly make that exchange (my life for Yours). I offer You control of my life. Come and bring me into a place of deep life in You. I am Yours.
I enter into a life-long relationship with You. I know that the journey will not be easily (nothing worthwhile in life ever is). So, I’m going to trust in You throughout the journey. Give me the courage and strength to rest in You. Help me to trust You as the Lord of my life. Give me an awareness of Your nearness in the dark times of life. I know that You are filled with good plans and purposes for my life. I yearn for the fulfillment of all that You have in store for me.
Help me to find a group of Your followers to help me through the journey and mentor me in my faith. Bring me the resources I will need to grow in maturity in my intimacy with You. Give me the help I will need to find real life, not empty religion. Guide me to the right resources that will set me free from bondage to sin. Give me wings with which to soar above the places I’ve lived in the past. Take me into a journey of discovering newer and deeper regions of abundant life.
Thank You for offering me Your free gift of eternal life. Thank You for saving me. Bless You for all of the things that You are going to bring into my life. Thank You that my spiritual essence has been born again. Now, bring me into a place of new life, real life, abundant life in You.
In Jesus name, Amen.