Get your own copy of The Evidence BibleThe "Sinners Prayer"To Pray or Not To Pray?The question often arises about what a Christian should do if someone is repentant. Should we lead him in whats commonly called a "sinners prayer" or simply instruct him to seek after God? Perhaps the answer comes by looking to the natural realm.As long as there are no complications when a child is born, all the doctor needs to do is guide the head. The same applies spiritually. When someone is "born of God," all we need to do is guide the headmake sure that they understand what they are doing. Philip the evangelist did this with the Ethiopian eunuch. He asked him, "Do you understand what you read?" (Acts 8:30). In the parable of the sower, the true convert (the "good soil" hearer) is he who hears "and understands." This understanding comes by the Law in the hand of the Spirit (Romans 7:7). If a sinner is ready for the Savior, it is because he has been drawn by the Holy Spirit (John 6:44). This is why we must be careful to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work and not rush in where angels fear to tread.Praying a sinners prayer with someone who isnt genuinely repentant may leave you with a stillborn in your hands. Therefore, rather than lead him in a prayer of repentance, it is wise to encourage him to pray himself. When Nathan confronted David about his sin, he didnt lead the king in a prayer of repentance.If a man committed adultery, and his wife is willing to take him back, should you have to write out an apology for him to read to her? No. Sorrow for his betrayal of her trust should spill from his lips. She doesnt want eloquent words, but simply sorrow of heart. The same applies to a prayer of repentance. The words arent as important as the presence of "godly sorrow." The sinner should be told to repentto confess and forsake his sins. He could do this as a whispered prayer, then you could pray for him. If hes not sure what to say, perhaps Davids prayer of repentance (Psalm 51) could be used as a model, but his own words are more desirable.All the material in this section of our website comes directly from the pages of The Evidence Bible. This KJV bible has been commended by Josh McDowell, Dr. D. James Kennedy, and Franklin Graham. FREE SNEAK PEEKClick Here to go to the HOME Page
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