January 9 – The Sinner’s Prayer




“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (Matthew 7:21)

Read: Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 7:15-29, Psalm 9:1-12, Proverbs 2:16-22

Relate: The preacher preaches a great sermon. He has you laughing, he makes you cry. He stretches your mind and forces you think. In one direction after another his eloquence and the Spirit’s conviction has been pulling at your emotions. Now the end of the service draws near. The musicians have gone back up front and the preacher has asked for “every head bowed and every eye closed.” With “no one looking around” he has asked for those who would like to begin a new life with God to “slip up your hand”. Almost of its own accord your hand went up. The preacher begins calling out those hands that he sees and you’re pretty sure…

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