How can a person welcome Jesus into their own life, have their sins washed away, and enter a restored relationship with God?
The Bible makes it clear: salvation (getting it right with the God who made us) is a gift. It is not something you earn by checking the boxes on some to-do list of good works. Because it is a gift, it cannot be earned. It can only be received. And it only comes with Jesus. It is received by faith (belief, trust, dependence) in Jesus. That faith is faith in Jesus. In some ways, we might say that Jesus himself is the gift. This all begins by praying and asking Jesus to be the one who forgives you (is your Savior) and is the leader of your life (your Lord). This step of faith means you are admitting you have sinned against God and that you are sorry for your sins.
To receive Jesus means asking him to help you live a new and changed life that honors him. You don’t have to know a lot of fancy religious terms. Just tell him that you know you have sinned. Express your sorrow over your sin and ask for the forgiveness that comes through the price Jesus paid when he died on the cross.
Then invite Jesus to enter your life and to lead you from this moment on, all the way into eternity. In the Bible we read this: to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them. You can express this prayer in your own words, or you can use the following prayer:
Dear God, I need you, that maybe I think I need you more than I have ever realized before. I want to admit my sins. I have thought things, said things, and done things that do not please you. [At this point, you might want to specify some of the sins you are sorry about.] I realize that my sins cause me to be distant from you. They cause me to even be under a death sentence. I have also come to know you sent Jesus, your only Son, to pay the price for my sins by dying in my place. Jesus, I thank you for paying the price for me. I need your forgiveness, and I want you to enter my life and become my leader from this moment on. Thank you for all you have done and all you will do in my life. Amen!
When you have said this prayer, you can know be confident that you are now in a restored relationship with God and that all of your sins are forgiven. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. — 1 John 1:9 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” — Psalm 103:12 “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.” — Romans 10:9
- If you’re part of a Bible believing church, please make sure you let them know you just made this great step of faith.
- If you’re looking for a church home, we invite you to join us here at FirstCovGR. We have two services on Sunday at 9:00am and 10:30 am.