Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 46/260: Read Acts 22

Many in the religious world point to the “sinner’s prayer” as the means to salvation. “Just ask Jesus into your heart, and you will be saved,” say denominational preachers. But what do the Scriptures say?

I find it interesting that Paul was told to stop praying! In the first retelling of his conversion, Jesus told Ananias that Paul was praying (Acts 9:11). Paul was waiting for someone to come and tell him what to do. In the meantime, he prayed and fasted. What happened when Ananias showed up? He told Paul he was wasting time!

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Stop waiting! Get those sins washed away! Your prayers are worthless if you are still in your sins!

The same is true today. The “sinner’s prayer” has never saved a single soul. It didn’t save Paul, and it won’t save anyone today.

If you have never been baptized to wash away your sins, why are you waiting? Do what Jesus commands, let Him save you the way He said He would, and become His faithful servant.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Acts 22:16. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Pray

Pray…if you’re a child of God. If you have not yet obeyed the gospel through repentance and immersion, stop waiting. Obey, then pray, thanking God for His grace and mercy.

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