How can I be saved? Is Eternal Life in Heaven Real? What is “The Sinners Prayer”?

Do you wonder what it means to be saved from sin? Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Do you have or want eternal life? Are you asking yourself “Will I go to Hell when I die?”

If you are asking yourself any of these questions, then I have good news to share with you! God loves you so much, that He made a way for you to be adopted by Him now, and to spend a future with Him in Heaven!

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ then you should know this, no matter how much you feel unworthy, no matter how bad your past has been, no matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter how much sin you have committed in your life, God created you and He loves you, and wants to transform you into the image of His Son Jesus! He wants to remove all sin from your past, and teach you to walk so close to Him that you would no longer desire sin in your own life. Really, this I promise you is true! No matter where you live, no matter what religion you are, no matter what race you are, and no matter whether you are rich or poor, God stands at the door knocking, waiting for you to answer as He is saying “… but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

This is the good news of the Gospel that Jesus preached; that you can be forgiven and transformed into a new creation walking with Jesus. The bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“. That means every one of us when born, fall short of His glory and are at enmity with God, unable to be adopted and saved from His wrath by our own “good works”. But God so loved us that He sent His Son that we may have a way to be adopted by our Father in Heaven, to be saved from His pending wrath as sinners of the world.

Yes, God found a way for you and me to become free from our past sins, become transformed into a “new creation” no longer a slave to sinful behaviors, and to be accepted into the beloved by the finished work of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to life! The good news of the Gospel is found in John 3:16 “ 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned::”

So how do we become saved from eternal death in Hell?

Scripture tells us how we can be saved and it’s found in Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

There is a prayer often used for someone to come to the saving grace of Jesus known as “The Salvation Prayer”. There’s no magic in the specific words of this prayer, but it’s important to understand the power of this prayer comes from the intent of your heart. That is to say, if you will truly believe by faith that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins and was raised from the dead, and truly believe by faith that He paid for all your past sins, and you desire to no longer be a slave to sin, and want Jesus to be the Lord of your life and follow Him, He will come to live in you by the Holy Spirit, and you will become a “new creation in Christ”.

Please understand, this prayer is NOT what saves anyone, it is faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who saves. I believe there are thousands of people who have “prayed the prayer of salvation”, (which technically isn’t even in the Bible) with no real desire to experience a change of thinking (repentance), and/or no desire to be free from sinful behaviors, and/or with no desire for Jesus to be their Lord, and/or with no desire to follow Him by renewing their minds through His word and follow His teachings – and that is a dangerous place to be when standing before Him on the day of Judgment..

This is the danger of so many who believe that simply saying the prayer of salvation saves/saved them. Many of these people (like me for many years) say they are Christian, or say they believe in Jesus, yet have no desire to follow Him and become transformed, and have not been “born again” in the Spirit. I used to get by with thinking “I’m a good person, God knows my heart”, but trust me, there is no salvation in those words! As a result of not having a true conversion, they see little or no fruit of the spirit being produced in their lives, because they in fact have not yielded to Jesus as Lord, and very likely have not been born again. That was me for the first 30 years of my life, and if this sounds like you as well, then today is the day of salvation to make a new choice for life as a son of God, following Jesus.

His grace truly is free and is that amazing! This gift from God, is not something you and I can earn. We can’t (and shouldn’t) try to “clean ourselves up” first before receiving this gift so we might become more worthy to receive His gift. If we do, we might never be ready or clean enough, so don’t even try! The point is that you and I could never be clean enough or holy enough to earn this gift of grace by our own merits or by our own deeds/actions. It’s precisely why it’s called “grace” and why it requires faith. Grace is something given that is not deserved by the person receiving it. Our job is to just receive the gift, through “Faith”. Scripture says we are born again through both “Grace, and Faith.” One part God, One part us!

God’s love is so great for us, that He sent His own Son to take on the wrath for our sins, so that we could live a renewed life here and an eternal life in heaven with Him, and not be doomed to eternal life in Hell. He paid a high price for us to be transformed from sinners into adopted sons of God and I promise you that God’s love is so great for you, that NOTHING you have done in your past could keep you from receiving His gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus. There is no crime great enough, no perpetual sin long enough, no person unworthy enough who can not receive this free gift! I promise you that no matter how bad it may seem to you, God’s love is a thousand times greater than any sin from your past and nothing can keep you from receiving His gift of salvation, if you are ready to change.

Again, there are no formulas with God but some of the most amazing testimonies of salvation that I have seen, are from people who were either atheists or were people who could not believe God would save anyone who lived such a terrible life of sin. If that is you, then maybe you should ask Him if He is real, and ask God to prove it to you? If you really want to make Jesus your Lord, then talk to Him. Time and time again I’ve seen people dramatically saved who simply said “God, if you are real, prove it to me and come into my life and show me right now! Scripture says “For the eyes of the Lord move over all the earth so that He may give strength to those whose whole heart is given to Him..” That means He’s looking for people like you and me who have a heart to discover Him.

There’s no formal prayer:

Can the salvation prayer work for me? Sure, many have used that prayer as a “contact point of faith” with a real desire to change their lives and follow Jesus. With such faith and desire, yes, you can be born again and filled with the Spirit, but with God, there are no formulas, only a desire to love Him and know Him more, and be made whole by Jesus.

So if you are really ready to change your life for the better, there is no formal prayer or system to follow. Simply speak with God in your own words, believe in Jesus and believe that by faith your sins are forgiven, confess your faith by being baptized in water, and ask Jesus to fill you with the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or ask a Spirit filled believer to pray for you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit). It’s not complicated but what’s important is your intent and your faith, God does the rest whether you “feel” His presence in you or not, you need to start walking out your new life by faith in Jesus and He’ll start transforming you from the inside. That is the beginning of your new life as a believer, but please don’t stop there!

It’s super important to start reading and studying His word daily to transform your mind, and surrender your life daily to His purposes, believe that you are now the righteousness of Christ, and watch what fruit God’s grace will bring to your life as a new surrendered believer, growing into the image of Jesus! Spend time in secret prayer with The Lord, hang out and grow with other Spirit filled believers who are also growing in the gifts of His Spirit and hungry to reveal heaven on earth! It is a great privilege to be adopted into His family – make your life a legacy that speaks to generations to come as a testimony for His life.

Rejoice for you were once dead but now you live, for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross.

Once you are established, go and do what Jesus commanded of us, making disciples:

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

May God Bless You in Your New Life!

Scott E Levesque

10 thoughts on “How can I be saved? Is Eternal Life in Heaven Real? What is “The Sinners Prayer”?

  1. Thank you so much for your prayer and ministry! My name is Christina, and my husband is Micha. I found your website because of friends in Sydney, Australia. Their baby and our baby were both given the diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome, but we believe that God is bigger. That in the name of Jesus the Down’s Syndrome must leave our babies. I am now in my 29th week of pregnancy. The first diagnosis was done in the 22nd week, and there the doctor saw no nasal bone, a hole in our baby’s heart, a thick neck, calcification in our baby’s liver and in both intestines. The head is also listed as being too large and the arms and legs too short. The doctor told us that he is 99% certain that our baby has Down’s Syndrome. We told him that we are Christians and that we believe in miracles. He told us that no miracle will happen, that we should prepare ourselves to have a baby with Down’s Syndrome. Since that day we have been praying and trusting God. We believe that Jesus is also our savior and our healer, and that by His stripes we are healed. We have spoken to the Down’s Syndrome and told it in Jesus name to leave our baby. I have come to question everything that the doctor’s have told us. I am even now questioning if we are really going to have a little boy. Last May doctor’s tested my fallopian tubes to see if they were open, because I have (had-I believe I have been healed) scaring in my uterus (endrimetriosis- I was told it would be very difficult to maybe impossible to get pregnant, because of this.) Then they tested my tubes, and I was told, that both are closed, that I could not get pregnant naturally. My fiancé and I were told to go to a clinic to get information about becoming pregnant through artificial means. At the time, I was still a virgin, and it was upsetting to hear this news, because I had at 39 finally meant my man of God who I believe God had sent to me to marry. I had waited all those years for the right man, who God meant for me to be with. Then I was told that I could not have children. We decided not to accept this diagnosis and to trust God. We got pregnant after we got married right away, but then we never saw a heartbeat, and I had a miscarriage. We continued to pray and trust God. Believing God had already worked a miracle and healed me, so that I could get pregnant. On December 24, 2013, we were blessed to see that we were pregnant again. My problem was that I feared that I would lose this baby too. Just when I had began to feel our baby move often and I started getting excited about being pregnant and trusting that all would be well. We went to an ultrasound that told us that our baby was sick. We were told our baby would live, but our baby had a disease that no doctor could heal. Since that day I have not stopped asking God why, and I have not stopped asking the sickness to leave my baby’s body. Several other people have prayed for our baby. We are blessed to be in a church where they believe that Jesus is also our healer, that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed. That we do not need to do anything except believe and accept to receive healing. It does not matter that our baby does not believe in Jesus yet. The elder’s of the church also prayed for us, and anointed us with oil just like it says in James. What I do not understand is why in the 27th week of my pregnancy did the ultrasound not show the result of this healing? The diagnosis did not change. In Curry Blake’s video, he says that if we are not seeing healing that it is a sign that the people who are praying are not real believers. This makes me wonder. Is everyone who has prayed for our baby not a believer? We believe that Jesus died for the sins and sicknesses of the world, that he already paid the price, that we can speak to sicknesses and tell them to leave, and then they have to leave. We continue to speak out this in Jesus’ name, and it is our prayer that we will see the manifestation of this healing at the next ultrasound 34 week of my pregnancy. We would love to hear your input on this, and we ask you to declare with us, that our baby is healed in Jesus’ name. We see Down’s Syndrome as a mountain that we are speaking to with our mustard seed of faith to leave the body of our baby. We ask you to do this with us. Thank you for the time that you have taken to read this post, and we look forward to hearing from you!

    Christina and Micha in Berlin, Germany.

    We have named our baby Gabriel (which means, great man of God, because we want our baby to be a great man of God.)

    We were told by several doctor’s that our baby is a boy, but like I said, I have come to question everything that the doctors have told us. My trust is in God.

    My prayer to God is to have a healthy baby. I would be happy with a boy or a girl. My desire is for this baby to be healthy, and to be able to enjoy life to the fullest without any problems and to be able to live for God.

    • Hi Christina,

      I stand with you and your husband and faith believing your baby Gabriel shall be healed in the name of Jesus. God placed you on my heart to intercede in prayer for your child this morning for quite some time, declaring healing and a life lived that will bring Glory to God, and a wonderful testimony of healing for ever and ever to be shared. Amen.

      You are right to say “I have come to question everything that the doctors have told us. My trust is in God.”

      Keep speaking words of life over your baby and praising God and all He has done by sending his son Jesus who defeated sin and sickness. When we do this, we cast out fear and doubt and keep our eyes on Jesus, not the diagnosis.

      Jesus said many times in Scripture that we should not fear and we should not doubt. Just ask Peter what happened while walking on water when these entered in him! These are tools of the enemy to keep our faith from rising up because when Gods perfect will is manifested in us, there is no fear or doubt.

      Do not question God as to why. Scripture says the devil came to kill steel and destroy. The devil is the author of sickness in this fallen world not God. Scripture also says that Jesus came to defeat the works of the devil. Jesus said “I come to give life abundant”. it is in the life, the atonement, the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus that we find this “abundant life”. He is Lord over all and in that fact, is the substance of our faith.

      Dan Mohler said that faith is a position of our heart and not a point in time. We must lay hold of the fact that it is indeed God’s will for us to be healed and we must enter into that rest knowing this truth. Let the position of a heart be at peace with God’s will to heal us and our faith will rise up to manifest the glory of his healing by his love.

      Faith is the hope of his love manifested (the substance of things hoped for), and the revelation of God’s supernatural power that our natural eyes cannot see (the evidence of things unseen). Or as the Amp translation states it: 1:11 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

      This is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Speak those things into existence (blessings, healing, health, praise, and thanks) day and night, and watch Holy Spirit do wonders as you come into agreement with Gods will for healing. Do not give the enemy a stage, give it all to Jesus and watch the fruit of His suffering, revealed in Gabriel’s healing.

      Thank you for your request and your awesome desire to see faith rise up like the sun! You guys are awesome and will live a life filled with Gods blessings, sharing testimony all around the world! My heart is filled with the love of Jesus for you, your husband, and your child!

      Believe, receive, and be blessed in His Holy Name! Amen
      Scott

      • Hi Scott,
        Thank you so much for your reply and for your prayers of agreement! We have our next ultrasound on the 26th of June. We pray in Jesus name that we can see the truth on the ultrasound. That the healing is manifested and is clear to see! That the new diagnosis will be that our baby is completely healthy! In Jesus name I declare this, because by Jesus’ stripes we are healed! May you and your family also continue to see how blessed and loved that you are by God! Christina

      • Dear Scott,

        Thank you so much for the video link. I watched and it is encouraging. I desire this too, for my child! In Jesus name my child is healed too! I desire to raise my child to be bilingual to serve the Lord in both German and English. I believe that God has big things planned for our baby!

  2. I was raised and taught that Acts 2:37 through Acts 2:39 describes what must be done to be saved. As an adult I accepted this as the truth because Bible studies support it. I have obeyed and received the experience described with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

    I also accept and believe the entire Bible and know that the other scriptures presented are included in the Bible and are truth without compromise.

    The questions are, “Which scripture(s) fully describe the obedience and fulfillment of God’s plan for becoming one with Him.? Do all the scripture support each other in meaning?”

    • Repentance, water baptism, and baptism of the Holy Spirit so we might abide (believe) in Jesus (His commandments) through the power of the Holy Spirit and teach others to do the same, making disciples everywhere we go. This is the life of a true disciple as described in the book of Acts- this is the basis of salvation as defined in the scriptures! Thank you father for finding a way for us to be redeemed!!! Amen

  3. Plz pray for my son to be saved; his name is Ian. And i sent him this. Only God can take away that spiritual blindness. And plz pray from jon and T’s deliverance from drugs, nicotine and all sins. Ty so much!

  4. My son, although good-hearted said he doesn’t believe in this Stuff. I remember when Satan had that lie in me, so again, plz pray God saves him. It hurts knowing he is not saved! Ty

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