Everybody needs Jesus

I just want to take a few minutes to tell you about Jesus if you don’t know Him. Jesus is the best friend you will ever have. He will never leave you or forsake you. Giving your heart to Jesus isn’t about religion. It is about having a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus is the Son of the living God. He came from heaven to die for you and everybody who would call on Him. Simply put. Jesus died so you can live. He rose from the dead and is alive today! That same Jesus who was on the cross wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to be your Lord, Savior, Healer, Redeemer and friend.

Some people think that they aren’t good enough to become a Christian. Come to Jesus as you are. He will forgive you for all of your sins. Then write your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. That way when you die you can go to heaven. Just think of how awesome that will be in heaven. All the people that died before us, angels, God the Father and Jesus.

You don’t have to wait another minute to get saved. You can do it right now. And you don’t have to wait to enjoy life you can that now too. Ask God to forgive you of all of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior.

The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. It is just that easy! Go ahead and do it now.

Pray to God and read the Bible every day. Just talk to God as you would your best friend. Maybe you have questions or concerns you want to talk to God about. Just be yourself and know that God is your Father. Read the New Testament first to learn more about Jesus and being a Christian. Then you can read the Old Testament.

Find a good church to go to and go at least once a week. Pray to God the Father and ask Him to help you to find a good church to go to.

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How to Pray for a Sinner According to Scripture

I want to show you how to pray for sinners according to scripture. This way we can get better results when we pray for sinners to get saved. We won’t waste any precious time praying aimless prayers that never accomplish what we want.

#1 Prepare their heart to receive the Word of God

Part of Matthew 13:23 refers to the “good ground” which is the heart. Love will melt a person’s heart and make it soft. Then their heart will be prepared to receive the Word of God. You don’t sow seed on hard and stony ground. You need a soft, tender good ground to produce a harvest.

Say not, There are four months, and then comes harvest? I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)

So when we witness to sinners we will have good results with those who have a soft, tender, melted and prepared heart that is ready to receive the Word of God. Love encourages and motivates people to live a better and more fulfilling life. It brings joy, peace, comfort and hope. Hope in believing they can live a good life filled with blessings and the goodness of God.

Psalm 136 is full of mercy with each verse ending with “His mercy endures forever”. How many times has God shown mercy to sinners and they repented? Mercy can come through several different ways such as forgiveness, food, clothing, shelter, good health, healing, deliverance, traveling mercy, protection, a financial blessing, marriage, etc. which often leads to salvation. There have been many times that people got healed and were so thankful and touched by God they gave their heart to Jesus. There were times in the gospels where Jesus would heal or deliver somebody from bondage and they repented and believed in Him. So ask God to prepare their heart through love, mercy and goodness.

#2 Lies and deception

In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, unless the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

The only way to counter a lie is by giving them the truth. Jesus said “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth”. (John 17:17) Pray for them to receive the truth and to be delivered from the stronghold of deception.

#3 Understanding

Then He opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)

“Understanding is a wellspring of life” (Prov. 16:22)

“With all your getting get understanding” (Prov. 4:7)

When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. (Matthew 13:19)

Matthew 13:19 makes it clear that the reason the sinner didn’t get saved was because they lacked understanding. Satan came when he knew the sinner didn’t have understanding and then he came to catch away the word.

1 Peter 5:8 says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking who he may devour.

But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Watch what happens when a sinner has understanding and hears the Word of the kingdom.

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty some thirty. (Matthew 13:23)

Notice this sinner had understanding and his heart was prepared to receive the Word of God. The verse said “received into the good ground” which is his heart. The sinner who rejected the gospel never had a prepared heart. It makes no mention of it. It says he didn’t have any understanding. So the prepared heart comes first then understanding.

Pray for them to have understanding of the Word of God when they receive it. If they don’t then they won’t get saved. I think this is one of the most important things to pray for when praying for a sinner.

#4 Sense of urgency

(Read Jonah chapter 3 for a good example of this.)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

You don’t know what shall happen during the next day. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)

Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you don’t know what a day may bring forth. (Prov. 27:1)

Therefore be ready: for in such an hour that you think not the Son of man will come. (Matthew 24:44)

Some people think they have all of the time in the world to repent and get right with God. Any day now the rapture will happen. It could be today, tomorrow, next week, next month or whenever. If we are not right with God when the rapture happens then we will be left behind. We are not promised our next breath. Every day people are taken out of this world when they die. Do you think they plannned on dying that day? Each one of us should do some soul searching every day and make sure we are right with God and ready if we die or the rapture happens today. Don’t play games with God because you will lose and lose royally! I feel led to warn you that if you are playing around with God and living in sin and refuse to repent. There will be a day that you will be very sorry. Ask yourself where you to spend eternity.

Pray for sinners to seriously consider where they want to spend eternity and realize that they are not promised their next breath. The next time they go to a funeral they should ask themselves “What if that was me in that coffin”. Think about all the people who die each day in a car accident, shot, stabbed, natural causes, etc.

#5 Grace and faith

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The combination of grace and faith helps lead souls to Christ. Grace is the divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in the life. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It doesn’t matter how good a person is because you can’t earn salvation or work your way into heaven.

Pray that sinners will realize it is God’s grace to them that allows them the opportunity to get saved (John 3:16) and God imparts to us the faith to believe in Jesus when we hear the gospel.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)

#6 Work of the Holy Spirit to be completed in the life of every sinner with no hindrances

And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (John 16:8-11)

The Holy Spirit does the convicting not us. We witness, the Holy Spirit convicts, draws and deals with the sinners. His work is VERY important in the body of Christ and the world. He deals with sinners to get saved and believers to repent. He empowers and enables us to proclaim the gospel. (Acts 1:8) And reveals the truth of the Word of God. (Luke 4:18-19)

#7 Reveal God to sinners

God reveals Himself to sinners and saints in several different ways.

Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2)

Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

Joseph in a dream (Genesis 37:5-11)

Hagar by an angel (Genesis 16:6-14)

God spoke to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3)

#8 Laws of sowing and reaping

And herein is that saying true, One sows, and another reaps. I sent you to reap that whereon you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors. (John 4:37-38)

Pray for sinners who have never heard the gospel to hear it today and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. And for sinners who have already heard the gospel. That God will send a believer into their path to continue to witness to them.

#9 God’s perfect will to be done in every sinner

The thief comes not, but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Jesus loves the sinner so much that He not only wants to save them but He wants them to be totally blessed in every area of their life. He cares about ALL of their life. Whether it be healing, deliverance, or a financial blessing orwhatever they need or desire.

#10 They must confess Jesus is Lord

That if you shall confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

It is not enough to believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord. You must confess with your mouth to receive salvation. Ask and you shall receive. If they don’t ask Jesus to save them and forgive them then He won’t. Jesus loves every sinner and wants to save them. He will not force Himself on anybody. They must ask and then He will save them.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)

Many people are deceived by thinking that all they have to do is believe in the existence of Jesus or have knowledge of who He is. It is not enough to believe that Jesus died on the cross, you must confess with your mouth and ask for forgiveness of sin. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your personal Lord and Savior.

Common Questions About Going to Heaven

#1 Do good people who aren’t Christians go to Heaven? No (Read Ephesians 2:8-9)

For by grace are you saved through faith, and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

#2 Do all religions lead to Heaven? No (Read John 14:6 & Acts 4:12)

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by Me”. (John 14:6)

#3 Will church membership get me in to Heaven? No (Read John 3:3)

Jesus said, “No man will enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again”  (John 3:3)

#4 Will water baptism alone get me in to Heaven? No (Read John 3:5 & Mark 16:16)

Jesus said, “No man will enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:5)

#5 Do I have to speak in tongues to go to Heaven? No (Read Romans 10:9-10)

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

#6 What do I have to do to go to Heaven? Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

Now say this prayer out loud: “Heavenly Father, I believe Jesus is Your Son and You raised Him from the dead. Jesus, forgive me for all of my sins and wash my sins away with Your holy blood. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

To help you get started in your new life as a Christian. Pray and read the Bible every day. Go to church every week. Talk to God like you would your best friend and tell Him whatever is on your mind or anything you want to talk about. I suggest reading the New Testament first to learn more about Jesus and about being a Christian.

 

Why Should I Go to Church?

One thing I hear these days is “I don’t have to go to a church to be a Christian”. In Hebrews 10:25 it says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.

Let’s break this verse down and see what it is saying. First it says “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”.  Forsaking implies that they used to go to church but no longer do it.  Paul taught there will be a falling away.

People may make up excuses about why they don’t go to church. Some say there are too many hypocrites attending church. Others say the preacher preaches too long. And I’m sure there are plenty of others that could be mentioned. One person told me that the reason he never goes to church is because nobody ever invited him. So I invited him and then told him “Now you don’t have any excuses”.

The next thing mentioned is “as the manner of some is”. So the author is saying that people in his days were not coming to church. We need to be in church every week if we can be there. Some people think that going to church is boring and a waste of time.  The Bible teaches “in thy presence is the fullness of JOY”. That doesn’t sound boring to me.

We call it a worship service for a reason. We are there to worship God first and foremost. Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. Some people these days go to church just to socialize. If you are not putting God first in your life then you need to repent. Going to church is good but are you there to worship? socialize? both?

Next it says “but exhorting one another”.  Exhorting is encouraging one another and providing comfort. If you stay home all the time then you are missing out on that blessing. One thing we do at church is shake hands and fellowship with each other. If I was lonely I would come to church to worship God and have fellowship with other Christians.

I will say this that once you get in the habit of missing church then it is harder to go back. You will find something else to do and make excuses about why you aren’t going. Before you know it you are missing a month or two or even more. If you are staying home, what are you doing with your time? Jesus taught to “lay up treasure in heaven”. Are you doing that?

Introduction

My name is Jeff Bravard. I grew up in a small town in Kentucky. As a child I went to a Nazarene church. When I turned 19 I got saved in a Assemblies of God church. Now I go to a Baptist church. I also went to a non-denominational church in Toledo, Ohio in 1996-1997.

I used to teach an adult Sunday school class for 4 years. I enjoyed it alot. I like to preach and teach. I wrote a book a few years ago about soul winning. I haven’t published it yet but I hope I can this year.

Another thing I really love is passing out tracts. I used to do that alot in Bracken County, Kentucky. One day four young boys gave their heart to the Lord after I gave them tracts.  I didn’t expect them to do anything but they got saved.

I want this website to about the Bible. I plan on doing a different topic each week. If you enjoy Bible study then you will like this website.

Jeff Bravard

"If you want to be a leader then lead people to Jesus. If you want to be a follower then follow the footsteps of Jesus".