Request For Salvation What must I do to be saved?
First of all, a woman or man must feel the need of salvation and know that without Christ we are lost. S/He must be ready to pray the only prayer a sinner can pray and expect to be heard. “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). We must recognize that God is real and created everything. We must realize that we have not kept all his laws and ways. We have broken his law. We are criminals in that sense. We have sinned against God, and we recognize that God is the Moral Governor of the world. We must acknowledge that God is merciful, and that humankind has no merit, of our own. We must trust in God’s forgiveness.
Who saves me from my sin?
But someone must pay the sinner’s debt before the Divine law, for we are helpless and powerless to pay it ourselves. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Jesus, God’s Son, died upon the cross in the sinner’s place. God has accepted the sacrifice of His Son—our Lord Jesus Christ—on our behalf. Therefore, it remains only for us—free moral agents that we are—to admit our sins and to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
- Believe with the heart, with all your emotional and logical being, and without reservations. We must just throw our helpless souls before Him, admit our mistakes, and ask for his help.
- Confess our sins to Him, and confess our faith in Him.
- Call upon God in prayer.
Let nothing hold you back
Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Let nothing hold you back. No person can save you, so don’t listen to those who might dissuade you. Not a one of them has the wisdom of God or the Prophets of old. Let no person, or thing, keep you away from the loving Savior. Some who have been church members for years have never found salvation. They live merely formal Christian lives. But you will find you’re never quite satisfied and comfortable if you are not a real Christian. And there is something better for every dissatisfied heart.
Romans 10:17 says, 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
Take the Gospel of John and read it slowly—and pray as you read. Your faith will increase. Faith comes by hearing the voice of God in His Word. God will hear your prayers, and the Holy Spirit will come into your life.
Salvation: God’s power or my power?
Don’t say, “others don’t know how hard it is to break my habits—they have never experienced them.” That’s not the right issue. The question is: Does God know how hard it is? Can God help me? Can God give me the victory? Does God know how hard it is for me to break away from my sinful habits?
Of course He knows! He has delivered thousands who were in a worse state than you are.
And (Ephesians 3:20). 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
God has the power to change you, but he won’t do it until you sincerely give up your grasp of the steering wheel and trust him to do the driving. Do not worry about His ability to save you. The big question is: Are you willing to surrender to Him, and to ask Him, in the name of Christ, to set you free? Are you willing to let go and let God take the reins of your carriage horse and direct you onto the right road, — or don’t you trust God? Do you imagine you still must make the choices and control the speed and direction of travel?
For you this is an uncharted journey. What qualification can you have to make these choices? I’d say you have no qualifications and if you do the directing you’ll end up riding in circles. You must give up the control and give it all to God! Take courage. He knows you from before you were born and knows where you should go. Let me take you there. And don’t wonder if you’ll be sent off on a mission to darkest Africa. That’s extremely unlikely. Your journey will be into your own mind.
Pray to God
Pray this prayer with me when you are ready to mean it from the very depth of your being.
Lord God, I surrender. In the name of Your Son Jesus the Christ. I am a sinner. Please forgive my sins. Make me what you intend for me to be and what I should be. Take my life and direct it properly, because I realize now, I’ve been going in the wrong direction and doing everything the wrong way. Put me to work for you in some way. I have the courage to trust you to do what you know is best for me. I ask this in Jesus holy name, Amen.
Now, privately—alone with God—kneel down and tell God all your problems—confess your sins to Him—talk aloud to Him, as a little child if it helps. Understand, He has forgiven you. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Have you confessed your sins? Yes, you say. Then, has God forgiven you? Has He? Why, of course He has, and you are to rest on this promise and believe it—no matter how you feel. And, remember, that I and many others have been and are praying for you.