Explain prayer to them.
Leading Someone in a Prayer of Salvation
“We are going to pray. Praying is simply talking honestly with God.
Explain what they need to ask from God.
“There are two things we all need to ask from God…
First, we need His forgiveness as we turn away from sin and put our trust in Jesus. Secondly, we need His Lordship as we surrender our lives and are filled by His Holy Spirit.”
Ask how they would like for you to help them.
“Would you like to pray for these things on your own, or would you like for me to help you?”
(If they want to pray on their own, you can just listen as they pray and then pray for them after they have finished praying. If they say that they would like for you to help them, then you will offer two ways of helping.)
“I can lead you in a prayer that you can repeat after me, or I can guide you as you pray in your own words.”
If they want to repeat after you, explain how they will do that.
“I’m going to lead you in this prayer. If what I pray is what you believe and feel in your heart then repeat after me, but if you feel something different then please say what is in your heart.”
Lead them in a simple prayer asking for the two things mentioned earlier.
(This is an example, but simply lead in a prayer from the heart guided by His Holy Spirit) God, first I want to say that I am sorry for all I’ve done that has hurt you and other people. Please forgive me for all of the sinful things that I have done.
Thank you for giving the life of your son, Jesus, on the cross for me.
I am putting my trust in Jesus for my forgiveness and for my life. Lord I want to live my life for You.
I want to do Your will and not my will.
I surrender my life to You.
I need Your help Lord, because I can’t do this on my own.
I ask you to put your Holy Spirit in my heart.
I want Your Holy Spirit to be at work in every part of my life. Thank You for forgiving me!
Thank You for coming into my life by your Holy Spirit.
You are my Father and I am Your Child.
I am yours forever
I pray this in the name of Jesus, my savior and my Lord. Amen!
If the person says that they would rather pray in their own words…
I am going to just share what you are going to be asking from the Lord, and I want to encourage you to talk to Him like a child would to their father. He loves you and wants you hear your heart.
Guide them through their prayer. (This is an example of what you might say to guide them.)
Can you share with Him that you are truly sorry for all you sins, the things that you have done
that hurt Him or others?
Can you ask Him to forgive you for all of your sin?
Can you thank Him for sending His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for your sin on the cross? Can you tell Him that you turn away from anything in your life that is not pleasing to Him? Can you tell Him that you want Him to do His will and not your own?
Can you let Him know that you need His help, because you can’t do it on your own?
Can you ask Him to put His Holy Spirit into your heart to fill you with His love?
Would you like to thank Him for forgiving you?
Would you like to thank Him for giving you eternal life?
Would you like to thank Him for being your Father and making you His child?
Can you let Him know that He is your Lord and you are His servant?
Can you thank Him for all He has done to give you a brand-new life?
Can you tell him that you pray all of this in the name of Jesus, your savior and your Lord?