The Prayer of FAITH
The Simple Truth
In a complex and difficult world it may seem that there is nothing simple or affordable left for us to take hold. From relationships and business associations, to our wrist-watch and DVD players, everything is costly and highly complex. However, there are two very simple and vital truths that must be understood; two very important truths that go far beyond the complexities of everyday life.
First, we are sinners separated from God, destined for damnation, and born without the ability to remove from ourselves our present position of transgression. From the moment of conception, to the moment death’s hand tares us unwillingly from life’s weakened embrace; all we attain in love, money, and worldly possession will fail to shift the balance of our sentenced fate. “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him – the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough (Psalm 49:7-8).” There will be more hope for the hopeless, more help for the helpless, then there will be rest for those who are void of God’s free and simple gift of salvation. More so, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)” No one is exempt from paying the un-payable price.
Second, while all have sinned and all do sin, all are not without hope. 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 (John 3:16).” The debt has been paid; the unobtainable price has been matched. Everything we were unable to do as imperfect man, Christ has done for us. This was the demonstration of His love for mankind, that, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” Now, with no complicated instructions, no detailed routines; the power of God’s grace is found in the simplicity of faith. Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10).” And, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).” That is it; nothing more is required of sinful man to receive the free and eternal gift of salvation. Are you ready to free yourself from power of sin? Are you ready to enter into a relationship that will never hurt, never abandon, and never deceive? Then, pray this very simple prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I believe in my heart that you are Lord, and that you died for my sins. Thank you, Jesus for your salvation. Come into my life and be Lord, every day and forever. Amen.”
That’s all it takes. If you prayed this prayer, if you confessed it with your mouth, and if you believe in your heart, then you are saved and born again into the Kingdom of God! Now, I encourage you, strongly, to begin your new fellowship with God in the fellowship of other believers. Find a church, tell a friend, and seek others who can encourage, strengthen, teach, and guide you in your new life. Most importantly, rejoice! Rejoice in the simplicity of God’s grace; knowing that the most difficult price has not only been paid, but never again will be required from you.