I’ll Go to Heaven ‘Cuz I Said “The Prayer”

One evening while facilitating a Bible study at the jail I asked, “If you were to die today do you know where you’d go?”

I was surprised at the answers. One woman said she’d go to heaven because she got saved ten years ago when she had said the “sinner’s prayer.” She thought the prayer had saved her, even though she’d continued in her life of sin!

Another woman said she was sure she’d go to heaven because “I’m a good person. I’ve never really done anything wrong.”

I wanted to say, “HELLO!  Do you know where you are?”

I explained that Jesus once told a story about two roads in life. The wide road has many people on it, but it leads to destruction.  Jesus said the narrow road leads to life. Then He added, “only a few find it.”

I told them that I believe we are all on the wide road when we start out in life. We are all sinners and we are all destined to spend eternity separated from God in hell.

That is why Jesus came. He wanted to save us so we wouldn’t have to go there!  When we make the decision to give our lives to Jesus, that is when we step off the wide road and step onto the narrow road. That is when we change our direction in life. There MUST be change when we come to Christ.

Consider a person who has given his life to Jesus and starts walking down the narrow road of life. She’s reading the Bible, praying, obeying God, loving others and one day she weakens and falls into sin. What happens then?

She can say, “I’m just a loser and I can’t live the Christian life. I might as well keep on sinning.”

Or she can say, “Dear God, I am so sorry. Help me never do that again.” Then she gets back on her feet and continues down the narrow road.  She may find herself falling into sin once in a while, but she repents—turns away from her sin and continues down the narrow road of life—all the way to heaven.

In my own life I have found the longer I walk with Jesus, the less and less I fall into sin.  If I do, I quickly come to my senses, repent and continue following Jesus.

Why is that? It’s because once I found forgiveness, surrendered my life to Christ and began walking that narrow road of life, I experienced the love of God and it became more and more difficult to sin. When I did sin, I was miserable!

That miserable feeling is the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin. We’ll feel miserable until we have repented—which means to turn around and go the other way.

  • Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.    Matthew 7:13-14

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to I’ll Go to Heaven ‘Cuz I Said “The Prayer”

  1. Pauline says:

    Another very good lesson, Kathleen. Keep up the good work.
    Have you heard any of Ray Comfort’s DVDs or read any of his books? He is an absolute genius at presenting the gospel. God bless your efforts!

  2. Dottie says:

    Kathleen,
    That message of the sinner’s prayer, or signing a card, or walking an aisle, needs to be shouted more often. I’m afraid too much faith has been placed in those actions without the fruit to back it up. Preach it, sista!
    Dottie

  3. Pam says:

    Kathleen, I love the analogy of the narrow and wide road. That is sure to stick with me! Thanks for sharing that and all your stories. There is always something that talks to me in each one.

  4. Linda says:

    Thanks again Kathleen, for yet another great explanation of the broad and narrow path. It is something I will remember and apply in sharing Christ with others. I praise God for you every time I read Kathleen’s Faith Walk, because God has used your walk to bless and teach me.

  5. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, it’s always interesting when you pose the question you did to a group of people. So many of them have misconceptions about their eternal fate. But you mentioned two vital points in your post. One, repentance is required. Two, one must abandon the wide road and get on the narrow road that leads to life.

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