Hi there-I do not believe there are any "magic" prayers or words for a person to recieve Christ. I believe it utimately comes down to whether or not the person understands that they are a sinner, just as we all are, are they willing to turn from their wicked ways and repent for their sins, do they believe Jesus is the Son of God? Do they believe Jesus is the ONLY Way to heaven?These are the the questions I would discuss with them-Do you believe Jesus Christ is the holy, blameless, sinless Son of God, born of a virgin? Do you believe that He was crucified, died, was buried, and on the 3rd day rose from the dead?Do you believe that you are a sinner?Do you believe that you need a Savior?Do you believe there is anything you can do personally, of your own strength, to be saved from eternal damnation?Do you believe that God loves you so much that He gave His only Begotten Son so that you will be saved?Are you ready to repent of your sins, to turn around from your sinful life, and seek after God?Do you accept the gift of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, whereby purchasing your eternal life?Here is a great "guide": http://contenderministries.org/romanroad.php
The Roman Road to Salvation
The ROMANS ROAD....is a pathway you can walk.
It is a group of Bible verses from the book of Romans in the New Testament. If you walk down this road you will end up understanding how to be saved.
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin.
We were born under the power of sin's control.
- Admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23a "...The wages of sin is death..."
Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity. The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.
- Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
Romans 6:23b "...But the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Salvation is a free gift from God to you! You can't
earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.
- Ask God to forgive you and save you.
Romans 5:8, "God demonstrates His own love for us, in
that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!"
When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin's penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
- Give your life to God... His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you -- not religion, or church membership. God loves you!
Romans 10:13 "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"
- Call out to God in the name of Jesus!
Romans 10:9,10 "...If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."
- If you know that God is knocking on your heart's door,
ask Him to come into your heart.
Revelation 3:20a "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..."
- Is Jesus knocking on your heart's door?
Believe in Him.
Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith,
and ask Him to reveal Himself to you.
Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus,
about you, and about being born again.
God will help you. He loves you.
You need to look for a local church where
God's word is preached. The Bible says that we are to desire
God's word like a newborn baby desires mother's milk.
Aren't you hungry to know the truth?
Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that
you have been joined to Jesus. This is an action, and actions will not save you. However, it is an act of obedience and a symbol of commitment.
The symbolism is this:
When you go down in the water you show that
You have been crucified and buried with Him,
And when you come up out of the water you show that
you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life.
(See Romans chapter 6)
You have been born again.
(See John chapter 3)
Your body has become God's temple.
Your heart is where He lives.
Forgiveness is yours in Jesus.
And you belong to Him.
You were sin's slave.
You are a child of GOD!
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name!"
As far as specific prayers, I believe The Lord's Prayer is beautiful, a definite start,or ice breaker, so to speak, to see if the person is receptive of God's love, but I do not believe any certain prayer saves you- it's all by faith and acceptance of the gift of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. It all comes down to acceptance and repentance.I hope this helps!In Christ's Love-Cindi