Knowing Jesus

(sample prayer)

Dear God,

I know that you love me. I understand that my sin has caused a separation between You and I.  I confess my sin and need for forgiveness. I believe that Jesus loved me so much, that He died on a cross for my sins and rose from the dead. I understand that faith in Jesus’ sacrifice is the only way to have forgiveness of my sins and eternal salvation. I turn away from my sinful life and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. I want to follow You all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ name I pray,


I have accepted Jesus into my life, NOW WHAT!!


1. The Word of God

Studying God’s Word is imperative to all Christians. Knowledge of the Scriptures allows for us to grow close to God and understand His plan for our lives and our eternal souls.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 …And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

2. Living It

Once you begin studying God’s Word, you must then make it part of your everyday life.

2 Timothy 2:15 …Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

3. Repentance

If we turn to Jesus, He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

John 14:26 … But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

With the Holy Spirit within us, we will desire change, including turning from our sins.

2 Chronicles 7:14 … If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 John 1:9 … If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 … Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

Luke 13:3 … No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

This does not mean we will perfect from this point forward. We will, however, feel convicted when we stumble. That conviction is the Spirit working in our lives.

4. Prayer

Prayer allows the child of God to communicate with Him. If we look at the Disciples Prayer, we see Jesus’ template for how we should pray.

Matthew 6: 9-13 … Jesus said, “Pray, in this manner:

(Glorify God) ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  ‘Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

(Ask God for provision, needs and desires.) ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 

(Confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness.) ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Finally, when we pray, we should always give God thanks.

Ephesians 5:20 … Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

5. Fellowship

We should have fellowship with Jesus, becoming like Him as we grow closer to Him.  We should also develop relationships with other Christians.  This allows us to encourage each other, pray for one another, and grow spiritually together.

Proverbs 27:17 …Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

6. Serving God

When we glorify God, we are serving Him.  We can do that in ministry, charity, and even in our daily lives.  The important thing is whatever we do, we do it without selfish motives, but to show Jesus in our lives.

Joshua 24:15 … “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

7. Witnessing

When you know Jesus you can speak of how He has touched you.  You may not be a Bible expert, but you can testify to Jesus impact on your life.

John 15:26-27 … “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you shall witness of Me because you have been with Me from the beginning.”