You can pray to God
Saying a prayer is as simple as talking to God – whether silently in your mind, or out loud. We can talk to him about anything and he promises to listen. In the Bible, God says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” (Jeremiah 29:12).
God also wants to talk to us. He says he will answer us (Jeremiah 33:3) and we will hear his voice inside us as a “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).
What is a salvation prayer?
God loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us. But when the first people on Earth (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God, sin entered the world. From there, all people have sinful natures and, because of their sin, are separated from God (Romans 3:23). This separation leads to spiritual emptiness and a longing for purpose. This purpose can only be filled through reconciliation with our Creator, God (Colossians 1:21-22).
As humans, we could never do enough to achieve this reconciliation with God on our own. Our sinful natures needed to be put to death.
This was why God – through his Son Jesus – put into action a rescue plan. Jesus died on the cross so that our sinful natures could be put to death and we could approach God blameless. Because of him, we can have an everlasting relationship with God in Heaven and a deep sense of purpose to our earthly lives.
Jesus is our Saviour from a life separated from God, which is why this is called “salvation”.
When we recognise our sinful ways and accept God’s free gift of salvation, we can say a “salvation prayer”.
A salvation prayer gives us hope for the future. Because Jesus rose from the dead, if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, we can live forever with him in Heaven after we die.
Jesus also gives us hope for our earthly lives, especially when life seems hopeless. Jesus says he is the “Light of the World” and when we follow him, we will “have the light that gives life” (John 8:12, CEV).
How do I accept salvation?
A salvation prayer is not complicated. We can simply let God know we are thankful Jesus died as our Saviour and we can ask Jesus to be part of our life. Jesus lives in us through the presence of his Holy Spirit.
Here are some words you may like to use in a salvation prayer:
I believe in you and I want to have a relationship with you.
I know I have sinned. Please forgive me and help me to live my life more like you.
Thank you for dying on the cross and paying the price for my wrongdoing. Because of you, I now have hope and eternal life.
As a Christian, I want to follow you. Fill me with your power through the Holy Spirit so I can live my life for you.
How do I know I am saved?
The Bible gives us assurance of our salvation.
It says: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
The Bible also says we will know we are saved because we will have the Holy Spirit living in us. “You heard the true message, the Good News about the way God saves you. When you heard that Good News, you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he promised” (Ephesians 1:13-14, ERV).
What do I do now?
If you have prayed this salvation prayer and would like us to support you in your journey as a follower of Jesus, please contact us by completing the below form.
We can also help you connect with your local Salvation Army church community or another Christian church in your area. Many of these churches have an in-person and/or online presence. Some offer discussion groups for new Christians.
We would encourage you to start communicating with God daily in prayer and reading the Bible so you can hear from him. If you don’t have one, the Bible is available online in lots of translations. One good source is biblegateway.com