The Criminal’s Prayer

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A hardcore version of The Sinner’s Prayer. From a dream I had on December 26, 2015.

God, I am a f***ing sinner, and I deserve to die.  Save me from myself.  Do whatever you have to do to burn away all the sin in me, so that I can become like you.  I ask this by the blood of Jesus, Amen.

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Trinitarian Sinner’s Prayer, Part I: The Father

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I’ve been wrestling with how and when to encourage my children to make a profession of faith. I recently realized that God used an incremental process to reveal Himself to us:

  1. Father as Creator & Judge
  2. Jesus as Savior & Lord
  3. Spirit as Comforter & Counselor

It seems like that same progression might make sense for young children.   It may be a while before they can understand the idea of Christ dying for their sins.  But even as toddlers, they already understand (even if they don’t practice) the idea of obeying a father who created them.  Why not use that as a springboard for conversations about submitting to God?

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