The True “Sinner’s Prayer” – Pastor Tim preaching from Luke 18. True prayer to God is a privilege that provides us access to God. Even the worst of sinners can and will be saved WHEN they pray as the “publican” did … “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Religion does not save – JESUS SAVES. Prayers don’t save – JESUS SAVES. You can know that you are LOST and need to BE SAVED, but the “sinner’s prayer” as it has come to be called today does not and cannot save … praying such a “scripted” or “prepared” prayer and then signing a card CANNOT AND WILL NOT SAVE. That is “soul control” and is a device of Satan, and those who employ such devices of the Devil are DECEIVERS and LIARS. When a sinner truly turns away from sin and towards God, he will be saved … no human intermediary is needed. Only God can convict … Only God can save. Only God can look into a sinner’s heart and allow the sinner to see what He sees. Only God convicts. Only God saves. The “publican” saw himself as God saw him, and he then called upon God crying, “God be merciful unto me a sinner.” This is the true sinner’s prayer. When you truly touch God with your prayers, you too will rise up from your prayers knowing that you are changed on the inside. It takes a “broken heart” and a “contrite spirit” to touch God. “Prayer Changes God. God Changes Us”. Prayer is the universal need of all men, for “all have come sinned and come short of the glory of God.” And, because we know that ALL have sinned, we can also be assured that Jesus died for ALL. Jesus alone is the true and full atonement for our sins, and Jesus alone can set us free from the condemnation of our sins.