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I can make this the day I give my life to God's keeping ...
You can change your relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ by Faith Through Prayer ...
(Prayer is talking to God)
The word "gospel" means 'good news!' The good news is that I don't have to earn my way to heaven. I don't have to be good enough to live a Christian life to be a Christian. The truth is, I couldn't measure up even if I tried. The new life that Jesus offers (starting right now and stretching out to eternity) is a free gift that the God who loves me offers to me like a Christmas package waiting to be opened.
The gift Jesus offers is new life, so the key question is are you at a point where you are willing to trust Jesus with your life? In other words, are you at a point where you feel ready to ask Jesus to be both your Lord and your Savior? This is risky stuff. Let's unpack it. To accept Jesus as your Savior means you are trusting Him to save you from the disease of your sin as you would trust a doctor to save you from a physical disease. To accept Jesus as your Lord means you are willing to make Him the King of your life - the leader you are willing to follow - regardless of where He leads you. He is like the ultimate coach who will take you where you need to go even if it is uncomfortable. If you feel you don't know enough about this Jesus to make such a radical decision, there are two things you can do to find out if He is worth such a commitment. First, get a hold of a Bible and read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) to get to know more about Him. Second, find a good church in your area that feels like home to you. Get to know people who claim to know Him and see what you can find out.
It is good to explore things carefully, but of course, the truth is, a person never has enough information to make this choice safely. It is as if someone who loves you is asking you to jump to them from a burning house and you have to decide if you trust them enough to do it... but you won't know if you made the right decision until after you jump. If you are willing to leap and trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior you can begin this new relationship right now by praying. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a possible prayer:
Jesus, I need You. I want you in my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Right here, right now, I open the door of my life to you and I ask you to come in. Right here, right now, I claim You as my Savior and Lord. Please take control of the throne of my life. I give it to You. Make me the kind of person I was always meant to be. Please show me how to live this new life, and give me the strength to follow You. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Amen.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, out loud, to Jesus. If the prayer above captures the desire of your heart, please contact us at email@example.com and tell us about it - we will be glad to send you materials free of charge to help you grow in your relationship with God!
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