Are There Steps To
Prayer is communication with the Divine. It can be
whispered or chanted or written or expressed in the work you do. However it is
expressed, it is never in vain.
Donna Wilk Cardillo
Human beings seem to like the idea of having instruction manuals to explain
those things we find particularly tricky and are useful tools that help us to
organize and understand things that need to be assembled in a particular order.
I can’t imagine anyone but a master builder who would ever try to assemble a
piece of furniture without first reading the instruction manual cover to cover.
And then I began to wonder if following specific steps as Christians would
assure that we earn salvation.
We often read that in the Islamic faith, there are 5 pillars that, if obeyed,
will result in salvation. However with Christianity, specific steps are not
defined. Yes, we believe in baptism and we also believe that we must confess and
pray to God and yes, we should reject and turn from sin and commit to obeying
God. But I don’t think these are steps to salvation but rather, are the result
of salvation. We mortals are incapable of cleansing ourselves from sin, our gift
from the Garden, and so Jesus completed those steps for us. He did all the hard
work and left us with the responsibility for only one step….receiving Jesus
Christ as Savior and trusting that He alone, will lead us to salvation.
30: Then he brought them out and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31: And they said, “Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16: 30-31
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