I once thought all you had to do was get someone to pray the “Believer’s Prayer” and that was enough. The teaching is founded on Biblical principle, but there is a problem. For some, there is no fruit that follows the prayer. Christ says, by their fruits we will know a believer.
I’ve come to believe there must be caveats to praying the prayer and having it stick. The 1st and maybe the most important component of the prayer is focus on Jesus. If a person is praying the Believer’s Prayer without a focus on the ONE that is doing the saving, the stickiness of the prayer is likely impacted.
I would guess that motive comes into play, also. If one prays the Believer’s Prayer with expectation of doing magic, that is likely a problem.
One might find it problematic to pray the Believer’s Prayer resulting from some coercive fancy speak. Fancy talking people can’t draw you to Christ. Only God can draw you to Christ. If God isn’t doing the talking, I think it likely the Believer’s Prayer will not stick.
I am quick to say in all cases, I am not saying God will or will not save. That is up to Him in the final judgement. I’m just saying from observation, there at times appears to be a problem in praying the prayer.
Yet at other times, with God doing the talking and pulling, the Believer’s Prayer is the most beautiful of times in a person’s life. Thank you Jesus for making a difference in my life and thank you for the stickiness of repentant heart’s prayer…Amen.