In another thread, what started out as a debate over what is commonly known as The Sinner's Prayer deteriorated rapidly over the troll-ship of the original poster. So, what about it? My first training in personal witnessing (or soul-winning) did, in fact, include a point at which the lost person was instructed to "pray something like this: Etc, etc." If the lost person prayed as instructed, at the end we were taught to ask, "did you sincerely pray that prayer? Did you really, really mean it?" If yes, we were taught to say, "then on the authority of God's word, I declare that you are saved. And don't let anybody try to talk you out of it." Over the years, however, I have come to some doubts about that process. When we tell someone to pray the Sinner's Prayer, is it possible that they are hearing something like, "say these magic words."? This was brought home to me when a young college student was asked about relationship with the Lord Jesus. Her answer: "Well, I said the prayer." So, I ask, is the use of the Sinner's Prayer a valid method of soul-winning? If so, how do you avoid making such a prayer "magic words?" If not, what is the proper way to "draw the net." The proper way to bring someone to the point of decision? What do you tell them to do, or say, if anything? What questions, if any, do you ask them to elicit a commitment? Release the hounds!!!