Hey I don't want to start an argument, but I want to start an honest study biblically about praying to receive Christ and I want to begin by explaining why.. When I was 11 years old I remember going to Southern Baptist church on sundays and hearing the gospel. I heard and was explained and understood to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and beleived. So I prayed to receive Christ with all of my heart honestly and was Baptized. I beleived I was saved. After that my life to begin a downward fall, I never really cared for church, bible study, or reading the bible at all. I really never changed although I thought I was a Christian (and still am confused if I was) I became a hypocrite more and more with horrible language, and later drinking, sex, drugs, and all of that stuff. I never really new anything about God other than He cared and Jesus loved me. On the inside my whole life I knew I was wrong and was doing wrong but eventually got to a point where I loved to be in bad situations. Anyway 9 months ago after being absent from church for 6 years and literally for 2years not even praying I was asked by my grandma to go to church with her (frequently but always had excuses). at that time I just got my dream car and been through about 15 different cars by the way. So I went and for the first time the message felt like it singled me out in the crowd and like it was meant for me divinely. I felt that it was now or never that I give my life to Jesus becasue I had never really lived for Him. Now I wasnt told this by anyone but it was on my heart and I wanted to truly, so I made a decision that I was going to live for Him and not run anymore. My prayer, life, actions, language, interests and everything have been transformed and are continuing to change. I am free of all my addictions now for the first time. As I have said I am now 22 and have been like I am for 9 months and crave Jesus all the time. Everyone has noticed and asks questions and for once I have real answers. I began to love to study and learn the bible and can answer a rediculous amount of questions, in fact its my major in college now (after 3 previous to my change) and I never dreamed it would be. my last nine months seems like 10 years and is a new life. Now here is my questions and concerns for my topic.. I never understood praying to receive Christ. For me it seems like Christ changed my heart that day in church and I couldnt help to pray like a maniac confessing and asking for help. I know everything starts with prayer and it is the key in Christian life. For me I am still unsure if I was a Christian at age 11 or 22 and honestly biblically it seems like when I was 22 I was born again, but I know the Lord has mercy and grace, loving us beyond our understanding. My whole family and the pastors I have spoken to all said I was saved at 11, but I study the bible a lot and I did not show any signs of a follower of Christ, but now naturally I do. The last reason I brought this up was because I dont want to mislead anyone and get my testimony straight and true. I dont just want to tell someone to pray earnestly to Christ and they'll be saved b/c it doesnt seem like enough according to the gospel, but I am confused. I want to tell them to give it all to Jesus as I did, but I also know that only Jesus can make that possible for someones heart to turn to Him. I have been trying to teach my friends about Jesus and the truth for a few months now and slowly they have started to open up and listen. I got them all, oddly enough, to come to a revival at my church with an evangelist. All 5 of them went forward... What He spoke was 100% right on with the gospel, but at his closing he did this- 1- had everyone bow their heads 2- asked based on his message who knew they were going to heaven for sure 3- asked who didnt to raise their hands 4- asked those who werent sure and wanted to be saved to say a prayer for Jesus to turn their heart and lead them to repentance and save them 5- asked them to stand up, and to come forward in front of the church b/c if they couldnt do it then then they wouldnt be able to in the world. more than I ever have seen went forward daily. He preached for 4 nights in my church each time about 200-300 people and 150 total came forward and said they were saved throughout all 4 nights added up.. I want so bad in my heart for those to be saved but something bothered me about it, because of what I had gone through in my life and what I knew biblically. I know this happened in the Acts of the apostles, but I just hope it wasnt an emotional fest for all of us... I know it is all in Gods hands and I have been praying for it all day everyday, but I just wanted to get some honest opinions and help because 5 of my friends and many others went up. I am not saying I dont beleive in praying to receive Christ isnt biblical because it is to ask Him into your life, but I think its much more personal and serious based on what I went through. I would never dream of saying this to one of those who went forward, but I personally would just like some opinions and explanations as to leading everyone to Christ in the same way..