The Prayer of Salvation

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

James 5:13


There can’t be anything in this world that matches the definition of “trouble” more than being on the way to hell. Yet there are many people who don’t know how to access heaven and receive salvation. Just as there is a threshold in front of the doorway of your house, there is an entry point to a relationship with Jesus Christ. This place isn’t a holy site or a temple. It’s not even a church. The place where we meet the Lord is called prayer. Without communication with God, good intentions won’t save anyone. A person could have the information and even the revelation of his need for salvation, but without prayer he is doomed to an eternity in hell.


Prayer isn’t a memorized set of words that we recite. It’s not reading the scriptures out loud. It’s talking to God. We approach God through Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and have no need to have other men talk to God for us. Jesus is now our great high priest. He is the only mediator between God and men. Once you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, you are born into His body and can then talk directly to God the Father. That is called prayer.


We have to remember that those who are not born again probably don’t know how to pray. To send somebody off after sharing your faith without offering to lead them in a prayer is like sending someone to a foreign country to find a person without an interpreter. Without knowing how to communicate in the new land, it’s unlikely that they would accomplish the goal. We need to introduce those to whom we’re ministering to Jesus. Once we help them come into the right relationship with Him, they’ll begin to pick up on this new language of prayer.


If you’ve been a child of God for any length of time, your understanding of prayer far exceeds that of the person to whom you’ve been witnessing. So what should you do? Take the lead! Simply ask them if they understand what you’ve been trying to say. If they do, then ask them if you can lead them in a prayer that will change their life. The phraseology isn’t important—it’s the verbal gesture that counts.


For us as believers, praying should come as naturally to us as breathing. Leading others to Christ through prayer can be just as common. It may take a few times to get comfortable, but soon you’ll be leading people to the Lord through the prayer of salvation.


Scriptural Context
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

James 5:13-20

Concept Reinforcement


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6


In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

John 16:23


For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Hebrews 9:15


A Prayer of Salvation

Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I believe that you died for me. I believe that you were raised from the dead. Jesus, become the Lord of my life. Forgive me of my sins and wash me with your blood. Make my inner man new and fill me with your precious Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord.

Then lead them to the Father.

God, you’re now my Father. Thank you. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for making me whole. Thank you for loving me. Help me to live a life that will please you. Make me an effective witness of your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.