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Pray To Receive Christ

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. (Romans 10:9)

My grandson, Shepherd, recently gave his life to Jesus. His father, Jonathan, is the one who had trouble finding the deer in his scope when he was young. Jonathan felt in his heart that he needed to talk to his 10-year-old son about giving his life to Christ. One day, he looked at Shepherd and said, “Shepherd, have you ever given your life to Christ?” My grandson responded and said, “No, I don’t know how.” Jonathan replied, “I will show you how.” Then, Jonathan led Shepherd to pray to receive Christ.

This example is so simple, but it is very profound! Salvation is only a prayer away. We often overcomplicate what it takes to be saved; in reality, it all starts with prayer. Of course, many things follow the decision to accept Jesus as your Savior. These include surrender, obedience, and living your life following Christ. The first step is just a simple prayer. 

You don’t have to be completely clean before you ask Jesus to be your Savior. He invites you to come as you are. He is the One who wants to make you whole and cleanse you from your sin. 

If you have never given your life to Jesus, I pray you will let someone show you how to become a follower of Christ. I pray you will ask Him to be the Lord of your life, taking your first step of obedience as you choose to follow Him. If you are a believer, I pray that the Lord will place someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus. Make the most of this opportunity to share the Gospel with that person. Because salvation is just a prayer away, pray with someone as they accept His free gift of salvation. 


  1. Parris Mannion on July 25, 2022 at 4:39 am

    Thank You Dr Dodd for sharing this message today. I forwarded it to a dear friend of mine. I pray that he reads, understands, and follows up on asking Jesus into his heart !! Amen

  2. Helen Callis on July 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Thank you, Dr Dodd, I hope this will help a lot of people. That is wonderful. Praise God Amen

  3. Betty Laughlin on July 25, 2022 at 10:43 am

    I have a lady in my group of acquaintances who has a hard time believing in the Bible. She said the sinners prayer but we don’t know if she realizes what she did yet. May I be faithful and talk to her and tell her to read the Bible and that she can believe it

  4. Kelly on July 25, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Thank god for my salvation

  5. Vanequa on July 25, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Amen!! I pray to help others

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