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Lead Him In A Sinner's Prayer

If you were asked to lead a person in a sinners's prayer what would be your answer? Can you give an example of what you would say?

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Since I find no biblical example of leading someone to Christ with a sinner's prayer, I wouldn't. Since I do see how sinners were told to respond in Acts2.38, I tell them to "repent" and "be the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins". Because water atones? No. The blood of Jesus atones. But as Jesus told the blind man to dip (Jn.9), the blind man dipped, and saw. By his works? No. By God's grace - when he listened to the Lord. And Jesus is Lord (Jn.8:31).
---bryan on 9/11/07

lori - have you ever heard a sinner's prayer in the mormon church? Have you ever said a sinner's prayer - asking Christ to come in?
Its a very real and powerful event. Most remember it the rest of their lives.
If we come to Him - it is not the words its the heart that He hears.
---Andrea on 9/8/07

robyn, no offence intended here but if confessing our sins and repenting (verbally in the prayer) is required for a sinners prayer then where is the thief on the cross. All he said was "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." He didn't ask for forgiveness verbally, he knew that he needed to be forgiven, but yet he did not voice it and Jesus still told him "today, shalt thou be with me in paradise.
---evangelistjerry on 9/8/07

Part 2 The thief recognized the need for forgiveness back in Luke 23:41. You verbally don't have to say any thing in particular, just call upon the name of the Lord and thou shalt be saved.
---evangelistjerry on 9/8/07

The wording is important. We do need to confess our sins and repent. That has to be included in the prayer. We must also believe Jesus died and rose from the grave. This is very important. From that point, you just pray sincerely from the heart and believe you have been born again.
---Robyn on 9/7/07

mima: where in the world does everyone come up with these things like a sinners prayer etc. Jesus taught everyone how to pray in the new testament. He also said take ye no thought what ye will say for the Holy Spirit will give you utterance. Prayer is a personal testimony we have between ourselves and our Heavenly Father. we speak to him just like we speak to friends, family etc. One on one in love and reverance. If you have to recite something on paper, you are speaking from the mind, not the heart.
---lori on 9/7/07

Mima I said "There is nothing wrong with telling a person what sort of words they need to use, because some will never have heard a prayer in their entire life." I think we are more or less saying the same thing but using slightly different words.
---RitaH on 9/7/07

---RitaH once I too ask people to pray for themselves but about 25 years ago after witnessing to a man and waiting several minutes for him to pray he said to me," help me, I do not know how to pray, I never pray, please help me to pray. And for the first time I led another man is in a a sinners pray after I saw the effect it had on him I have done it ever since.
---Mima on 9/5/07

I would rather for the individual to ask. Here goes:++Jesus I believe that you are the Son of God. And that you were raised from the dead. Please forgive me of all of my sins, Past, present, and future. I don't want to die and go to Hell. [that was my first petition] And I will live my life for you. Thank you.>>>It has got to come from deep down The Holy Spirit is calling. Or this prayer will be as useless as a can of worms.
---catherine on 9/5/07

No matter how you feel about the sinners prayer you must not deny the fact that it is He, God, who initiates it. The person of the Holy Spirit.He is choosing you at this moment. I know this for a fact and my own experience of Salvation. Again, I KNOW THIS: I know this.++ I hope that it is YOU.
---catherine on 9/5/07

Self righteous sinner's prayer.
"The pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God I thank you that I am not like all other men - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'" Luke 10:11-12

A humble sinners prayer:
"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me a sinner.'" Luke 10:13
---Gena on 9/5/07

I don't think there is such a thing as 'A' sinners prayer. Each sinner's prayer should be unique, their own words, said from the heart. There is nothing wrong with telling a person what sort of words they need to use, because some will never have heard a prayer in their entire life, but it needs to come from them and not be repeated parrot fashion.
---RitaH on 9/5/07

1)I encourage people to 'cry out' to allow themselves to speak to God and believe He that spoke the world into existance can speak to them.
When I actually do the repeat after me form (which is not in the bible) but most people at this point have no clue what or how to pray. I say Father God, you came down to earth to meet us at our need - you died in our place and I ask say 'I recieve You into my heart this day" today i am born again I have the Spirit of the living God in me.
---Andrea on 9/5/07

2)I thank you - I repent of my own ways Lord and ask You to forgive me - i turn from my ways and turn toward You Lord. Amen - I then encourage them to seek His face - offer to take them to my own church or go with them to whatever their family is - whatever it takes.
I've prayed with maybe a dozen people in my life - mostly I take people to church with me - I want to make sure they get the best opportunity to hear the word (all of it).
But I'm going to start some street evangelism soon.
---Andrea on 9/5/07

Jack, so glad you're back. You were missing for a few days.
I thought the multiple shell game was getting to you, wearing you out.
---Zach on 9/5/07

The sinner's prayer is a man-made superstition, and has given people on their way to hell false assurance of their standing with God. Salvation comes through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15), not through praying a prayer.
---Bill on 9/5/07

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OPAS (Once Prayed, Always Saved).

Can someone please give me scriptural reference for a "sinner's prayer"?
---Jack on 9/5/07

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I deserve hell, but you sent Jesus Christ to die for my sins. I believe that He was born of a Virgin, That He died and rose again. I ask You now to forgive my sins, once and for all. I now receive Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Please come into my heart and save me. Help me know that I am saved and help me live for you the rest of my life. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.
---Cynthia on 9/4/07

I would say: "Heavenly Father I come to you. I am a sinner, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he died to save me from my sins. I ask now that you would save me from my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me, change me into what you want me to be. I accept you Jesus, now, as my Lord and Saviour, in Jesus' name Amen.
---Lindy on 9/4/07

Yes, I could lead someone in the prayer, and no, I am not going to give you an example.
---Trish9863 on 9/4/07

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