A version of the foundational prayer we pray to receive Jesus personally as Saviour and as Lord
You only need to pray this ONCE and mean it. Many of us pray this OFTEN, even every day, as a prayer of worship and submission, inviting Jesus to rule and reign in our day.
Father, I am so grateful that You didn’t leave me lost and hopeless
but sent Your Son, Jesus,
to be God in human form that I could more easily relate to and know.
Thank You so much that Jesus entered this world with all its sin
and took that ungodly independence and selfishness rebellion on Himself.
Thank You for His extreme obedience
in dying a shameful and horrific death
to pay the price for that sin – indeed, to pray the price for my sin.
Thank You that by receiving Jesus as my Saviour,
I can know what it means to be accepted, cleansed, unburdened
and set free from guilt and condemnation and sin’s consequences,
repositioned to be in right standing with You
in a way I could not possibly have earned or achieved.
I receive it as Your gracious, undeserved, unmerited gift.
And as I acknowledge, You, Jesus, as My Saviour
so I ask you into my heart.
I ask You fully into my life to rule over all its decisions, priorities, preferences, possessions and human pride
and I ask You to be my Captain – to have the Lordship.
May I grow as your disciple,
empowered by Your Holy Spirit.
May the joy and peace and insight He gives me overflow to others,
that by example I might encourage to become disciples of Yours, too.
Thank you for new life, for eternal life starting now.
Thank You for giving me a new perspective of Your kingdom order
over and above the complexity of the world I live in.
As I have received Jesus into my heart,
so enable me to be Jesus,
and to show Jesus, to others.
I pray this as one who is His,
and with a joyful heart that gives all the glory to You,
Almighty God and loving Father.