A Prayer to
This is one of the most important verses in the entire Bible -- It tells us the requirements to be saved!
Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, `Lord,
Lord,' and do not do what I say?
There are no 'magic words' to become a Christian. Remember -- praying is talking to God, not just saying words. I suggest you pray this prayer:
Father God, I come to You right now, in the name of your most Holy Son, Jesus Christ, asking You to accept me as a Christian.
You say in Your word that if I confess my sins and ask forgiveness, You are faithful and will forgive my sins and remember them no more. You will not hold them against me and You will give me everlasting life.
Father, I confess that I have sinned against You. I have not followed Your commandments and I have broken Your laws. I repent of my sins and ask for Your forgiveness.
Father, I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, came to Earth and was born, that He lived among us, and that He was crucified to pay for our sins and for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead and gave Him power over all creation.
Lord, right now I accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior and as the Lord of my life. Send the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, lead me and counsel me. Send Your angels to gather around me and protect me. Protect me from Satan and his evil forces. Help me grow in wisdom, knowledge and love for You and Your ways. Give me the strength and courage to change my ways and resist the Devil and avoid sin in the future.
Lord, I thank You for sending Your only Son to die so that I can live.
Jesus, I thank You in that You died for me while I was still a sinner and had not yet accepted You. I thank You for forgiving my sins and for bringing me to a saving knowledge of You. Please bless me and protect me. Teach me to pray. Guide me. Increase my faith, and make me sure in the knowledge that I can rely on You, no matter what may come. Lead me to a good church where I can learn Your word and the Father's will, where I can fellowship with Christians and grow in my knowledge of You.
I ask these things in Your most holy and precious name, and I thank You for making me a Christian.
If you earnestly prayed that prayer, you are now a Christian!
As a Christian, you have obligations. Christianity isn't
a "vaccine" you take once and everything stays the same.
You must sincerely try to change your ways to
avoid sin. God will help
you do this. When you feel tempted to sin,
immediately ask God for grace and
strength to resist the Devil. If possible, get away from
the temptation. Sometimes, this means you may have to avoid people
or places you used to like, such as singles bars.
GO JOIN A CHURCH!
The biggest mistake you can make at this point is to accept Christ and try to "go it alone." You don't have to join the first church you visit, but don't spend the next six months "window shopping" either!
This is just my personal opinion, but I suggest you join a moderate-size church -- one with at least several hundred members, but no more than about one-to-two thousand members. With less than a few hundred members there is too much of danger of financial problems and church politics, where a handful of long-time members run roughshod over the pastor. With a congregation of several thousand, there is too much of a tendancy to become "just another number", where your spiritual needs aren't being met.
Ask how long the current pastor has been there and how long the previous
pastor was there. In non-Methodist denominations, a high turnover rate
could indicate a church that is wracked with politics. Methodist churches
are episcopal, meaning they have a bishop who appoints pastors
in his district. Historically, Methodist pastors were
reassigned every year. In such circumstances, the pastor
never has a real chance to develop and carry out an agenda. However,
that is changing; in the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist
Episcopal denomination, for instance, the Bishop Gilmore has been leaving
most pastors with the same congregation for several years, and the improvement
START ATTENDING A BIBLE STUDY GROUP!
You don't have to attend Bible study group to be saved, but you definitely
will benefit from one. Realize that in most churches, adult
Bible-study groups are substantially different from "Sunday School" when
you were a kid. If they're not, you probably should look for a different
CHRISTIANS AREN'T PERFECT -- JUST FORGIVEN!
Don't think that just because you are now a Christian you won't ever sin
again. When you do sin in the future, don't think that
it proves God didn't really accept you. God is interested in our effort,
in our good intentions. Humans aren't sinners because we sin,
we sin because we are sinners. It is our
nature to sin. God helps us to reduce the
amount we sin, but even He can't keep us from ever sinning again -- until
He changes our nature at the