nn
How to Receive this Water
back to fountain

Jesus promises to give the water of eternal life to anyone who truly thirsts for it. In the fifth jewel, The Invitation, we learned that this water of life was really God's own Spirit who comes to wash and indwell all those who come to Him (Titus 3:5).

Faith & Repentance

And how do people come to Him? First, they must have FAITH. They must believe the good news about Christ—who He is, what He has done for them, and that He is ready to save them from sin.

Next, they must REPENT. They must sincerely turn away from their sinful life (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38), giving themselves up to God completely (Romans 6:6), calling upon Him to save them (Romans 10:13, Acts 22:16).

In the early church, this faith and repentance was expressed by people in the waters of baptism (Acts 8:35-38). As they went beneath those waters, they yielded their entire selves to God, entering spiritually into Christ’s death for them, and were washed of their sins, not by the water, of course, but by God Himself in response to their sincere consciences (1 Peter 3:21). Then God’s Holy Spirit would come to live within them, giving them His eternal life. These new "babes in Christ" could then truly call God their "Father" (Gal 4:6)!

Consecrational Prayer

Since the 1800s this act of faith and repentance began to be less demonstrated through baptism, especially in cases where those converting were already baptized as infants. While baptism is the true Biblical pattern of conversion which Jesus gave us, unfortunately it became so ritualized over the centuries that its original purpose was virtually lost. Indeed, it was believed by many in the church that the rite of baptism itself evoked God’s saving power, rather than the faith and repentance of the one being baptized.

In hopes of correcting this, many of today’s churches have replaced this main function of baptism with a prayer of consecration called the Sinner’s Prayer. This prayer is now commonly used to bring people to the active surrender of their lives to Christ, while the rite of baptism is relegated to more of a symbol of salvation rather than the vehicle of it.

Miracle in the Soul

In either case, the need for faith and repentance remains the same. The most important thing is that a person comes to God in both sincerity of faith, believing the Good News of Jesus, and in heartfelt repentance, turning to God with all his heart and away from his life of sin. Whether through baptism or through consecrational prayer, the miracle must still happen in the soul: God's Spirit washing from sin and recreating a new life!

For those who wish to be baptized, you do not need to find an ordained minister for this. Any true Christian can baptize you into the faith! And for those who prefer to use a consecrational prayer, we have provided the prayer listed below. If you'd like to hear a recording of this prayer which you can easily pray along with just click the Audio Prayer button below.

Click here to listen to Consecration Prayer audio

Prayer:

Dear LORD God, I know that I am a sinner, and that I am guilty before You. I've got problems in my life, God, and I need Your help.

LORD God, I believe that You sent Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. I believe that He took the punishment for sin that I deserve, so that I could be forgiven and have eternal life.

LORD God, I believe that Your Son Jesus died and was buried. I believe that He rose up bodily from the grave and is alive now, just as the Scriptures show.

LORD God, I ask You to forgive me of all my sin and to wash me clean because of the blood that Jesus shed for my sake. I turn away from my life of sin to live only for You, and I ask you to come into my life and be the true Lord over it.

Lord Jesus, I give myself to You completely, for You to guide me as You wish. Help me to know Your will and to be faithful to You always.

I ask You to give me a brand new heart and mind by Your Holy Spirit like Your own heart and mind.

And I ask You to save me utterly, Lord Jesus, so that I will have eternal life, from this moment on.

I thank You, Lord Jesus,

Amen.

****************************************************************

Welcome to Life!

For those who have just experienced the new life of God's Spirit by consecrating themselves to Him in faith and repentance, congratulations! The wonderful news is that you have not only been washed from your sins and given eternal life, but you have just become part of the family of God, and your name is now written in Heaven!

From now on you will begin to experience His Spirit as a pure fountain of life flowing from deep within you, bringing you His love, joy, peace and hope. You will hunger for more of His truth so that you may understand things the way He does. So find a Holy Bible and begin to read and you'll discover the best food your soul could desire. Learn also to listen to your conscience, for you will find God's Spirit protects you powerfully in this way. And lastly, begin to speak to your Heavenly Father directly and often. Remember, He accepts you as His child and loves you more than you could know.

You'll need a good deal more equipment for your journey, of course, as you forge ahead in your newly found life. But for now, bask in the new joy you've found at the City of Salvation. And when you're ready, go ahead and venture further into the Voyager Islands for more help and food for the trek.

And may God richly bless you!

He that believes and is baptized will be saved....(Mark 16:16a)

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