January’s Thread #3: Your First Prayer

I know in one of my last posts, I covered that each of our prayers should have praise and thanksgiving.  But what else should/could be included?  Yes, we can pray for petition, for healing and even peace.  We can pray for stronger faith.  We can pray with just Thanksgiving or Praise, alone, without needing to add or request a thing.  We can pray for dedication  or consecration , even him interceding on our behalf.  But the most important prayer is the one of salvation.  Without this single most important prayer, in the grand scheme of things what are the other prayers worth?

The best example of this type of prayer can be found in the Old Testament. 

Psalms 51
1   Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2   Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: my sin is ever before me.
10   Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

But we should not forget Romans chapter 10

9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Now let us look at what some call – – “prayer of salvation.”  A prayer will not save your soul!  A prayer that confesses your sins, is just that — a prayer that is giving a list of sins. (verse 10)  When you confess your sins you do not need to stand in front of the church and recite a list of sins.  You do not need to confess a single sin to any man.  This “confession” is with the Lord through the Son.  Question: is a prayer the only thing you need to do?  Sorry, it is not that easy.  First, you must believe in the Son.  Believe he was of a virgin birth, believe he is the Son.  Believe he was resurrected.  You will start this new journey with Faith. 

To make this much easier to understand ask yourself several questions.  1)  Do I believe there is a God?  2)  Do I believe I am a sinner?  3)  Do I believe there was a Jesus?  4)  Do I believe Jesus was the son of God?  5)  Do I believe He was crucified for my sins?  6)  Do I believe He (Jesus) rose out of the grave after three days?  7)  Do I desire to form a new relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ?  

If your answer to each of those questions are a “yes,”  then are you ready to confess your sins; are you ready to ask for forgiveness; and are you ready to receive Christ as your Saviour?  If yes, then this is your first Prayer as a Christian!  This first prayer does not need thought out!   It is a prayer straight from the heart.  It does not need shared with anyone, it does not need to be aloud.  All you need to do is have a conversation with God and Jesus. 

It is that simple.  It is that hard.  And then there are other steps to take, but these are not for your salvation.  They are for making your faith stronger, for having a personal fellowship with the Lord, and understanding the purpose of the Holy Spirit.  Continue to pray, continue to read a Bible, and there are things you will need to leave behind.  These things will be convicted of you as you go about your daily life.  Just ask yourself continually if you know in your heart that what you are about to do is right in the Lords view. 

Ⅰ Corinthians 15

3   For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4   And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

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