What do I need to do to be saved?
To answer that we need to ask, “Saved from what?
When God created the heavens and the earth he created the first man and woman: Adam and Eve. They lived in a paradise called Eden where everything was perfect. But Satan entered into paradise, deceived the woman into disobeying the command of God along with her husband and paradise was lost. Sin or disobedience to the will of the heavenly Father, came into the world and broke the intimate relationship that man had with God, with his spouse, and with his world. Sin came into the world and there was nothing that man could do to fix the relationship. Man was separated from God spiritually and at death would be separated physically in a place reserved for Satan and his angels called, “Hell.” But God loved man and his creation and knew that if his relationship with them was to be restored that he would have to be the one to restore it. So at the right time in history, God the Father, sent his one and only Son, Jesus, into the world. Born of a virgin, born through the divine actions of the Holy Spirit, he came into this world without a sinful nature. He lived a perfect life and then died a horrible death on a cross. His death was a substitutionary death. He died, not because he did anything wrong, but because of the hatred of humanity toward him. He willfully died because without the shedding of innocent blood there would be no payment for the sins of mankind. God the Father, in his holiness, demanded a payment, restitution, recompense for the violation of that holiness. Someone who was perfect in nature could be the only sacrifice for sinful mankind. And so Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for mankind to be saved from the bondage of sin, saved from the penalty of sin, saved from eternal punishment in Hell and saved to eternal life, eternal bliss with the Father. The work of reconciliation was done. Nothing else needed to be done. Nothing else could be done. So the Father, with the sacrifice of the Son, before him, now invites individuals to become part of his heavenly family, to be part of the kingdom of God. A person doesn’t need to work to be right with God or to perform certain duties in order to be in the family of God. One simply receives, by faith, the finished work of Jesus, and applies it to their life. The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10, that “if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God, the Father, raised him from the dead you will be saved.”
“Prayer” is just talking with the Father. A sample prayer of salvation might go something like this: “Heavenly Father, your word has told me that I am a sinner, that I have fallen short of your holiness through my disobedience to your revealed will. I acknowledge that Father. I confess that to you. I also know that you love me and you sent your Son, Jesus, down into this world to die for me, to die for my sins. Jesus paid the price so that I could be brought into a right relationship with you, with others and with your world. I now confess that Jesus is my Savior and ask that I might follow his teachings. I ask that through the indwelling Holy Spirit that Jesus would be the Lord of my life. I give thanks to you, Father. Thank you for saving me, thank you for setting me free from the bondage of sin. Thank you for the hope that I have in Jesus. That just as he rose from the dead and is now with you in heaven, that someday I will be as well. Thank you, Father. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray these things. Amen.