ChristiaNet MallWorld's Largest Christian MallChristian BlogsFree Bible QuizzesFree Ecards and Free Greeting CardsLoans, Debt, Business and Insurance Articles

Sinners Prayer Unbiblical

Is the Sinner's prayer biblical? In Acts I read about the Apostles praying over non-believers, but I don't read about sinners praying beforehand.

Join Our Christian Dating and Take The Fasting Bible Quiz
 ---Jackie on 4/2/09
     Helpful Blog Vote (6)

Reply to this BlogPost a New Blog



Two friends and I were out witnessing Saturday. When the following incident occurred. A middle-aged lady, who had the glow of salvation on her face, came by. And I ask her do you want me to prove you're going heaven? Okay go ahead she said, when I finished I ask her now do you understand God's Word guarantees your salvation? Yes she said I'd do and suddenly she erupted like a volcano, shouting and praising the Lord Jesus Christ and running around and telling all her friends!
We(my friends and I) also were asked to leave this public event(a local flower Festival) because people were complaining because we were talking about Jesus. Person who ran us off said she was a Christian. We had managed to pray with about 40 people in one hour.
---mima on 4/20/09


It's important to understand a couple of things: there is not a standardized "sinner's prayer" in the Bible. Some have quoted one of David's prayers as being a sinner's prayer, but guess what? That was David's prayer in response to his situation. We can't claim that prayer, repeat it, and expect some kind of salvation because it isn't our own prayer. Second thing, remission of sins comes through repentence (Acts 2:38, 3:19. If your repentence is in the form of a prayer, great. If it's just a few words, that's good, too. But the Bible does not mention a prayer that you can memorize and repeat that will save you
---ALICIA on 4/19/09


Steveng you said: Because it's just another prayer written by someone else. When a person writes a prayer for only himself that prayer is only for himself.

Steveng, if your statement is true, then we should never repeat any part of the Word of God for our lives because it was written by someone else other than ourselves, right?

So when I repeat what Paul said, that I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus, I should not do that because it was written by someone else, right? I think you're totally in error here. Sorry, I still love you, but what you have said is erroneous.
---donna8365 on 4/15/09


Here is a statement concerning "the sinners prayer" from a lifelong Mormon who came out of the LDS.
"Saying the sinners prayer and being saved opened up a whole new understanding for me. It was as if someone switched on a light and I could see". Out witnessing I have seen this happen many times.
---mima on 4/13/09


Amen, Mima! it's a good thing there is nothing called "the sinners prayer" in scripture. For if there was, many people would repeat it and falsly assume they had done what was needed for salvation.

That is one of the difficulties with prayers created by someone other than the one praying. Many people, Christians included, adopt a certain combination of words as some sort of "formula" that if voiced,once or repeatedly, produces certain results.

God hears the heart. He recognizes the dawning of faith and the broken spirit. He honors the feeble reaching out to Him. What the new beliver says, or how he says it is of little importance.

The Lord has a lifetime to teach him.
---Donna66 on 4/9/09




donna8365: "ahem folks, I said below that Psalm 51 is the sinners prayer yet everyone ignored that...why?"

Because it's just another prayer written by someone else. When a person writes a prayer for only himself that prayer is only for himself. No other person can feel the same when they recite it. A true prayer comes from the heart of ONLY that person. Let's look at it another way. If you go into your closet and speak to God in tongues, only you and God understand your heart. But if you write down your "words" and show another person, that person reading it would only be reading gibbersih.
---Steveng on 4/8/09


ahem folks, I said below that Psalm 51 is the sinners prayer yet everyone ignored that...why?

WHO can pray a prayer like Psalm 51 when they don't know the Lord?

Peter in Acts 2:38 tells us to REPENT, BE BAPTIZED in the name of the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, etc.,

When I repeated the prayer these people told me to, I drove straight to my boyfriends house and broke off our living arrangements and told him I was getting out of sin completely - to this day he remains in serious sin, even more than back in 1983.
Repent means to turn away from. Inviting Jesus into your heart is the part where Peter says BE BAPTIZED in the Holy Ghost. Amen?
---donna8365 on 4/8/09


catherine: "I am sure you do not know scripture. A sinner's prayer is not unbiblical,..."

I am positive I know scripture plus the voice of the Holy Spirit. The prayer is unbiblical because you will not find it in scripture. The sinner's prayer is an empty prayer. The words are not magical that if you recite them you're a christian. Hogwash! You cannot pray Jesus into your heart. Jesus invites us to come to him, not for him to come into us. Matthew 11:28-30

You must 'believe in your heart' not mouth some repeated words. Romans 10:8-11, Acts 16:25-34, Mark 16:15-16, 2 Corinthians 13:5
---Steveng on 4/7/09


mima: "This Scripture 'For whosoever...' is so direct, so straightforward, so defining as to be totally neglected by those who depend on their obedience, their own righteousness, their own works of any kind!!"

You wrote one scripture, I could write dozens of other scriptures that baptism, etc. is needed. But we must remember that setting an example is more powerful than words where the apostles went around baptising also. If this were not so the apostles wouldn't be doing it. In fact, Jesus himself wouldn't needed to be baptised by John.

Besides, there is another verse that says, "Just because you say Lord, Lord..."
---Steveng on 4/7/09


I am sure you do not know scripture. A sinner's prayer is not unbiblical, because God is the Person that initiates it.
---catherine on 4/7/09




Scripture,"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Notice this is a declared sentence that stands by itself without help either before or after itself. Question, where in this Scripture found three times in the Bible do you find anything about baptism, faithfulness, confessing your sins(God knows very well your sins) are anything else other than calling on the name of the Lord for your salvation? This Scripture is so direct, so straightforward, so defining as to be totally neglected by those who depend on their obedience, their own righteousness, their own works of any kind!!
---mima on 4/7/09


A so-called "sinner's prayer" comes from the brain, not the heart. If you want to impress God, speak from the heart, not from a script.
---Steveng on 4/6/09


John 9:31 "We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him. We know its God's will for everyone to repent and come to the knowledge of truth. Most everyone I ever talked to about this subject mutually agreed on the same and/or similar conclusion. God doesn't listen to sinners prayers except when they pray to Him for salvation which is within His will. After studying the word, I feel God never listened to me until the morning I asked Jesus to come into my heart and change my life. His Word promises that He will never leave me or forsake me. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS LOVING KINDNESS!
---Bob on 4/6/09


Just because a woman/man has piercing's that doesn't mean they are sinners. I have my ears pierce (that's all) does that mean I am not saved or never was? No it doesn't. A sinner isn't going to take heart on what the bible says. And besides who said that God can't love them just the way they are? In fact the bible says Come as you are. We cannot change the inside but with God's help we can change the outside if one is willing.
---Rebecca_D on 4/6/09


Jackie:

If people say that one has to prepare oneself in order to receive the Lord, that's incorrect, Matthew 15:9, 2Timothy 1:9.

If someone teaches that you have to confess all your sins, or tendencies to sin, in order to get saved, that's wrong, but James 5:16, 1John 1:9.

If told that you must pray a specific prayer, do a specific act, especially in a particular way, that's not good, Titus 3:5. It is not wrong to pray a prescribed prayer, if they want to make sure that you understand Salvation.

Romans 16:27. -Glenn

Sometimes Romans 10:8-11, 13, 17 is called the sinners prayer.
---Glenn on 4/6/09


Yesterday at a white castle hamburger joint I witnessed to a black waitress. She had three piercings on her face. As I explained to her what the Bible said and ask her would she liked to call on the name of the Lord for her salvation she said yes. Immediately upon calling her countenance changed it became happy and very friendly. As me and my wife walked out she spoke very sincerely with us," thank you so much"
---mima on 4/6/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Health Insurance


I don't know the "sinner's prayer" and personally am concerned that anyone thinks repeating someone elses prayer is helpful. We put stock in the "Lord's Prayer" yet Jesus had just said NOT to pray in vain repetition. He then used the prayer to show what we should include in our prayers to show respect and homage to God. His prayer became a printed prayer in the church for us all to memorize and recite??? I believe we all have the ability to pray our own sinner's prayer (until we are made perfect). I also believe God wants to hear from our spirits and not from a script. Just my understanding.
---mikefl on 4/3/09


If you pray, then your saying a sinner's prayer because we are all sinners lol. But truthfully, just saying a prayer isn't going to save you. You have to hear God's Word, believe it, confess your sins, repent of them, be baptized, and live faithfully. By all means, pray. But do realize that there is more to it than just that. If you think about it, how can a sinner's prayer save you if, even after being saved, you sin again? None of us are perfect. Do you have to say the sinner's prayer again to be saved each time you sin? Food for thought...
---Alicia on 4/3/09


John :- I agree except that repentence is work ie you cease to continue in sin.which takes endeavour, control, which is work.
---MIC on 4/3/09


Mic. I agree they were both praying and that one didn't have the right heart. Nevertheless the sinner prayed and was saved. Romans 10:9 gives the correct way that a sinner should pray, from a believing heart.
It remains that just the prayer isn't going to save the person, it is the condition of the heart and the confession of the mouth together. This is abut the same as faith without works is dead.
---john on 4/3/09


Read These Insightful Articles About Christian Dating


John:-what about the Pharisee was he not prying too?The publican was more genuine that is why Jesus points out this lesson in contrition.Prayer is articulated via the heart to the Mouth.The question was what is a sinners prayer Fact is there is no sinners prayer. except one that is spoken from the heart refering to the transgression with deep and genuine contrition and a firm ammendment not to commit it again. Like Jesus told the woman caught in adultery"GO and sin NO MORE"This act of contrition is a sinners prayer.
---MIC on 4/2/09


John:-what about the Pharisee was he not prying too?The publican was more genuine that is why Jesus points out this lesson in contrition.Prayer is articulated via the heart to the Mouth.The question was what is a sinners prayer Fact is there is no sinners prayer. except one that is spoken from the heart refering to the transgression with deep and genuine contrition and a firm ammendment not to commit it again. Like Jesus told the woman caught in adultery"GO and sin NO MORE"This act of contrition is a sinners prayer.
---MIC on 4/2/09


Psalm 51 is a sinners prayer, but who prays a prayer like that when they first get saved?

I pray that now because I know the meaning when David said, "against thee only I have sinned and done what is evil in thy sight."

"Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me, cast me not away from thy presence and take not thy Holy Spirit from me."

I pray that now, but I think that's too much for a new believer too handle.

I never said the sinners prayer when I got saved, but the day I REPENTED, I turned from living in fornication, gave up drinking till I got drunk, gave up doing other things I shouldn't have been doing. I had a true conversion the day I decided I wanted Jesus.
---donna8365 on 4/2/09


The instruction for the sinners prayer is found in Rom 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth (isn't that prayer?) the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. This was also a prayer. He was communicating to God with his mouth.
---john on 4/2/09


Send a Free Valentine's Day Ecard


--Jackie:

Jackie, I don't know what the 'Sinner's Prayer' is but always remember that just because something doesn't happen to be literally in the Bible, doesn't necessarily mean it isn't a Truth of our Lord & Savior. It only means it's not part of Biblical Gospel.

FOR: There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. John 21:25

Good Day to You Sister & God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 4/2/09


The way man does it, NO, but in many cases it works so, does it make any difference how a person repents of his sins as long as he sees the end results of being born again.That is all we are to be concerned with.
---Brenda on 4/2/09


Copyright© 1996-2015 ChristiaNet®. All Rights Reserved.