What does your prayer life look like? Have you ever prayed to God? If not, we would affectionately and solemnly plead with you: Be reconciled to God by faith in the Lord Jesus.  

You are sinner. We all are (Romans 3:23 ESV). You deserve punishment and are at odds with GodWe all begin life this way (Psalm 51:5 NLT)If you don’t see this, ask God to show it to you.  

Let this now be your first and foremost prayer: Ask God to enlighten younot just concerning your state by nature as someone who opposes God, but especially to reveal the Lord Jesus to your heart. 

We implore you on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV).

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Pray for God to Introduce You to Jesus 

God sent his Son Jesus into the world that he might bear God’s punishment due to us guilty sinners. God accepts the obedience and sufferings of the Lord Jesus, in the place of those who believe in him for the salvation of their souls. Paul writes, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV).

And the moment a sinner believes in the Lord Jesus, he or she obtains the forgiveness of all their sins and is reconciled to God. Again, Paul says, “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 with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10 ESV).  

When you’re reconciled to God by believing in the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, you have the boldness to enter into the presence of God and to make known your requests to him. As long as you remain conscious of unpardoned guilt, so long shall you be kept at a distance from God, especially in prayer. 

Therefore, dear reader, if you’re an unforgiven sinner, let your first and foremost prayer be that God would be pleased to reveal to your heart the Lord Jesus, his beloved Son, that you might have peace with God.  

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Where to Start  

God has already been pleased to reveal Jesus to you in the Bible; you have only to get to know him. You must seek him, but he’s always ready to meet you in his Word. 

The book of John in the Bible was written: sothatyou may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31 ESV). The Bible is the place where God has revealed Jesus to you. John’s Gospel is a great place to start getting to know him.  

As you pray to see Jesus as he is and see yourself as you truly are, open God’s Word and pray that God gives you faith to believe what he says, that you might have life in his name. This life God offers through Jesus includes the privilege of praying to him at all times and living in a peace-filled relationship with God.   

Rejecting Jesus leaves you at odds with God both in this life and in eternity. God’s wrath remains on those who refuse to confess and forsake their sin. His ear isn’t open to their prayers. 

This is why you must not only know about Jesus but also acknowledge your need for him and trust in him for the forgiveness of your sins. 

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  

(Psalm 32:5 ESV) 

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
    he has attended to the voice of my prayer.  

(Psalm 66:18-19 ESV) 

This article is adapted from George Muller’s book, Answers to Prayer, found in the Public Domain. The content in the section titled “Where to Start” is entirely written by Bibles.net, and all Scripture references have been added by the Bibles.net editorial team.

Six Habits For Your Walk With Christ

Article: 10 Min

I'm a New Christian, What Next?

by Barbara Francis at StartingwithGod.com

Verse
Revelation 3:20 ESV

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

What Must I Believe To Be Saved?

God
  • There is a Creator God (Genesis 1:1) who made me to know, love, and worship him (Genesis 1:26-27). Because he made me, I am responsible to him (Romans 1:20-21; Acts 17:30-31).
  • God is holy, perfect, and good (Revelation 4:8; Psalm 100:5; Deuteronomy 32:4). God does not tolerate evil (Psalm 5:4).
  • God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4). He will punish every evil deed with perfect justice (Hebrews 4:13).
Me
  • I am a sinner who chooses to live for myself rather than yield my life to God and worship him as he deserves (Romans 1:18-23).
  • I have fallen short of God’s standard, sinning against him and others (Luke 10:27; Romans 3:23).
  • I am on my way to eternal conscious punishment for my sins against God (Romans 1:18; 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10).
  • I can do nothing to save myself from God’s just punishment or to earn his favor (Romans 3:10; Galatians 2:16; 3:10).
Jesus
  • God sent his Son Jesus, who is fully God, into the world to save me from my sin, because no mere human can make another human right with God (Psalm 49:7, 15; Mark 10:45; John 1:1; John 3:16; John 10:30).
  • Jesus is fully human but he never sinned. Instead, he lived a life of perfect obedience to God (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22).
  • Jesus died on a cross, willingly being punished by God for my sin. He is the only way for me to be saved from God’s wrath toward my sin and restored to a right relationship with God (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).
  • Jesus rose from the dead, to free me from the power, penalty, and (when he returns) the total presence of my sin (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Jesus is Lord over heaven and earth. Being my Savior, he is also my Lord who I belong to and obey (Philippians 2:9-11).
Faith
  • I cannot earn God’s forgiveness for my sins, nor will I ever deserve it. I cannot mend my broken relationship with God myself (Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12-13).

  • Salvation becomes mine only by believing in Jesus and receiving his gift. I must simply trust in what Jesus has already done on my behalf (Acts 16:31).

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We are saved by faith in Jesus.

The Bible teaches that a person can only be saved through faith in Jesus. Faith is described as being certain about what we can’t see, or being convinced that something is true (Hebrews 11:1). Having faith in Jesus means we trust in who Jesus is and we trust his Word about what he has done on our behalf. Who is Jesus and what has he done for us?

In the Bible we find a summary statement of the good news about Jesus—telling us that he died for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). But believing that Jesus died for your sins rests upon belief in some other truths that the Bible teaches—beliefs about God, about yourself, about Jesus, and about faith. Let's explore each of these. Watch the video by Pastor John Piper or scroll down to discover what we must believe in order to be saved.
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What Is Salvation?

by Greg Laurie

Verse
Romans 10:9 NIV

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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