Reason #2: They question the commitment itself
If you have heard my testimony, you know how I can relate to this reason. If we question the commitment we made to the Lord, we may ask some of the following questions.
- “Did I really trust Christ?”
- “Did I just repeat some words someone told me to pray?”
- “Did I say the right words?”
- “What if I left out a few words?”
In this reason, we are really questioning whether we made an actual request for salvation and made a genuine commitment to the Lord or just repeated a scripted prayer.
I have also found this doubt surface in people who prayed the prayer of salvation alone or in a silent prayer to God. Later, they question the legitimacy of the prayer they prayed and whether God really heard them pray.
It is important to remember that there is not a secret specific prayer that we must repeat to be saved. In addition, it is important to remember that a prayer does not save. It is God who saves. The prayer is the way we articulate our request for salvation and make our commitment to God. A powerful truth is God knows the thoughts and the intents of our heart (see Hebrews 4:12).