This column has before established that Bible salvation is through faith in Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by Grace are ye saved.through faith...") There is no "magic prayer" that secures a person's eternal destiny. No special arrangement of words will ever guarantee an audience with God. (That is why I condemn the publication of The "Prayer to the Blessed Virgin: Never known to Fail". It implies a sort of "hocus-pocus" relationship between God and Man. That is simply not Bible based. It is a contrivance of man.) But what of people who truly place faith in Christ, and find themselves compelled to continually ask him for salvation? Those people may be confused about the security of Bible salvation.
If a person agrees with God about his/her sinful condition (Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned..."), Repents of that sin (Mark 1:15 "...Repent ye, and believe the gospel."), and calls out (prays) to God for salvation (Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."), then he/she is adopted by God (Gal. 4:4-6 "...That we might receive the adoption of sons."). So if one is adopted, why continue to ask for salvation which is promised to the children of God? (Romans 8:15-17 "...And if children, then heirs...") Consider a physical illustration: We would think it odd for an adopted child to ask his/her father to go repeatedly through the adoption process. We would rightfully conclude that the child does not think him/herself secure in the relationship.
So it is with Christ. As a saved individual, I have been adopted into God's family (that is not the same as a local church family). The faith I have in God's Word prompts me to rest assured that he is true and able to keep His Word.
If you are unsaved or unsure, read your Bible and ask God sincerely to show you His way. (Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found..."). If you are saved, thank God every day for saving you, but have faith enough to trust Him to do what He said He would do. Remember: "The Just Shall Live by Faith."Romans 1:17
by Dave Thompson