The Salvation Prayer
High Impact Ministries has had many Ministers of Reconciliation (MORs) who have never led someone to Christ actually lead those who want to receive salvation through a salvation prayer. It is a very rewarding experience to lead someone in a prayer for salvation and we want every believer to have this experience. In the Can I Get A Witness (CIGAW) program, there is no prayer to memorize. Since our team members have prayed this prayer for themselves, they know what it took and what they prayed when they entered into a relationship with the Father. So, we encourage everyone to be led by the Holy Spirit when leading someone through the salvation prayer. When it comes to a salvation prayer here is an example prayer:
Dear God in Heaven,
Your word says that if I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that you raised Him from the dead I would be saved. Right now I believe that you raised Jesus from the dead and I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord. Thank you Father God that the blood of Jesus has saved me now. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This prayer starts out “Dear God in Heaven,” and some have asked us why we not start out with “Dear Heavenly Father.” It’s merely a technicality, but until they confess Jesus as Lord, He is just God in Heaven to them—not their Father. After they confess Jesus as Lord in the prayer, they refer to Him as Father. The scripture reference for this salvation prayer is:
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
It isn’t a requirement, but it is important to help them realize that it is the blood of Jesus that makes it possible for them to have a personal relationship with God, and not anything that they have done. I have heard some people lead others in a salvation prayer that could be used as a “three point sermon” on salvation. Is this needed? No, not really. I encourage our Ministers of Reconciliation to keep the prayer short and sweet, but the exactly words that makeup the salvation prayer are really not what’s most important during this process. Believing is the important thing:
John 3:16 (NIV)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.