I found a sinners prayer online at a Baptist site. I have heard Baptists recite a sinners prayer in service years ago. Is the prayer the same in all churches or made up at each one? Where in the Bible does it come from? Would this be considered vain repetition?
Here is what I found online:
"PRAY THIS SINNERS PRAYER AND YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER
Come into my soul
Take away all my sins
Wash me in your blood
Write my name in your book of life
**Give me the Holy Spirit **
In Jesus name.
Comments please. I would really like to hear from our Baptist brothers and sisters. It is a beutifull prayer, even if a ‘prayer in a can.’
A prisoner of Christ,
No, it is not the same in every church. The basic formula is the same with different wording. It involves: prayer directed towards Jesus, invitation for Christ to come into one’s life, acknowledgement of the payment of sin debt by the shed blood of Christ, petition to go to heaven. These are the basic ingredients.
It really is more than a certain set of words. Each line stands for the above mentioned beliefs. It could be worded differently and still have the same effect.
It does not come from one section of Scripture. It encompasses the entire teaching of Christ found in Scripture.
*** 28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.***
*** 29. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.***
*** 27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.***
*** 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.***
It would only be vain repetition if you repeated it, right? Where do you get the idea that this is vain repitition?