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There was a night that I wanted it all to end. I had nothing left. Pills were scattered on my bed and all over the floor, and there was a huge amount of alcohol in my system. I was out of options; death seemed like the only one.
But it was the wrong death.
I needed everything else to die: all my past mistakes, all my sin, all my fleshly desires, and my old life. I had to be crucified with Christ, buried with Christ, and resurrected with Christ, rising with Him as a new creation. I needed words to speak, and I found them in the form of a salvation prayer. Right there and then, in that moment, I didn’t have my own words; I needed help, and if someone else could give me the words to say, to articulate what I desperately needed, then I was open to their help.
They gave me the words and I gave my life to Jesus.
We are not counting numbers or sharing a pretty verse that then allows for a sinful lifestyle to continue; this is a prayer of repentance - a heartfelt prayer to turn people’s lives back to Christ. It is here to give you words. It is here because I needed words. I can only do what someone did for me. If you need the words, they are here for you.
‘Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to pay for my sins, thank you for my complete healing and wholeness, and thank you for bringing me back from separation to be with the Father and to live in Eternity with Him. Jesus, I ask you into my life to be my Lord and Saviour. God, I repent of all my sins; I choose to turn from them and to walk with you in righteousness. I want a relationship with you, and I give you full control of my life. Thank you for all you have done for me and continue to make me the person you created me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen’.