Why People Doubt Their Salvation

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).