Yet all we need do is follow Jesus’ prescription: “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). Or in the words the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Rom. 10:9-10, NLT).

 

So, I invite you right to pray the following prayer that will help you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, as a confirmation of what you have come to believe in your heart. Perhaps you’ve prayed a prayer like this before; perhaps this will be your first time. Even if it is your first time, I assure you that God will hear and answer, and from the moment you speak it, He will call you His own child. Just like a prince or princess in a king’s court, you will now be welcome to have an audience before the King of the Universe at any time, for any reason, without appointment and without uncertainty.

 

The thirteenth-century Italian author, Dante Alighieri, wrote La Vita Nuova, his first masterpiece of poetry when he was a young person. Its opening, loosely translated, offers this powerful statement about the first day he met the love of his life: “In that book which is my memory … I find one chapter that says, “Here begins a new life.”

 

And so, if you are praying this prayer for the first time, or if you are praying it again as a recommitment to building a vibrant relationship with God through Jesus Christ, say along with Dante, “Here begins la vita nuova.

 

Personal Prayer Starter

Almighty God,

I come before You not because of any merit of my own, but only because Jesus, Your Son, makes it possible.

I confess to you that I have sinned by …

Although I could never earn my way into Your good stead, even so, You sacrificed Your Son to make me Your child. Please apply Christ’s blood to my account, forgive my sin and make me clean before You.

My desire is to build a relationship with You and to …

I am grateful to You for this new life.


Excerpted from Praying Like Jesus by Julie-Allyson Ieron, published by Moody Press, © Julie-Allyson Ieron, 2001. Visit Christianbook.com to purchase a copy.

Julie-Allyson Ieron is an author, speaker, and trainer. Having been in Christian magazine and book publishing management for a decade (as managing editor of Moody Press, senior editor of Moody Magazine, and managing editor of The Standard magazine), Julie now manages her own writing and public relations company.

 

She is author of Staying True in a World of Lies   (Christian Publications, 2002), Praying Like Jesus (Moody Press, 2001), Names of Women of the Bible (Moody Press, 1998) and Conquering the Time Factor (Christian Publications, 2003).