Why Do You Do That?: Salvation Prayer Every Sunday
Have you ever saw someone do something and just wanted to know why? You’re not saying you disagree, far from it actually. You just don’t understand why.
At Real Life Church, there are a few things we do differently from how you may have grown up experiencing church. Some of those things include:
- Offering one-on-one prayer every Sunday at the end of service
- Receiving our tithe and offering at the end of service
- Have our announcements on a video instead of live
- Greet our first time guests and talk to them every week
- Lead the congregation in a prayer of salvation every Sunday.
Some of these you have never been curious about before. However, one I hear often is, “Why do you lead people through a prayer of salvation every Sunday even if it wasn’t the focus of your message?” That’s a great question. Here are three reasons:
1. Salvation is for everyone TODAY.
Hebrews 3:15 – “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
There is no longer a reason to wait. Today is the day of salvation. We always pray for God to send us His lost children, people who are far from Him. We believe God has already been preparing their hearts for that moment, they simply need the opportunity to come to Christ.
2. God is constantly drawing His people.
Acts 2:39 “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Through the will and movement of the Holy Spirit in the Earth, God is constantly drawing His creation back to Him. When we are far from God we don’t always know that’s what feel. However, we know something is missing. When you are far from God, He will use every situation to draw you toward Himself.
3. Simply, people know they need Jesus.
Colossians 2:13 “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses”
I’ve talked to countless people who’ve attended our services and many times they’ll say things like, “My family is in trouble. We need help.” or “I have messed up and I need help.” They know they can’t do this thing called ‘life’ alone. It’s not working. They’ve realized there has to be something more. I truly believe that when we surrender our agenda to God and make the service about Him and not what makes us happy, He works in people’s hearts all through the service. By the time we get to prayer time, people are aching to connect with Jesus. I’ve seen it time and time again.
Here’s the bottom line-
We believe that in every service there’s someone in that room that God is drawing to Himself. He’s desperately trying to reach His lost children. Why wouldn’t we do everything to make that happen. We were once far from God. We know what it’s like to be lost and alone. I don’t want anyone to feel that way. What if you met a kid and found out they had run away from home, wouldn’t you do everything you could to convince them to go home? That’s what we do every Sunday. We tell lost kids that their Heavenly Father loves them and wants them home.