Praying to Receive Christ

Is it unbiblical to encourage someone to pray to “receive” or “accept” Christ as their Lord and Savior? Is it unbiblical to speak of inviting Christ into your heart or life? Dr. Steve Gaines (Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in the Memphis suburb of Cordova, Tennessee, and a member of the committee that framed the Baptist Faith and Message 2000), speaking from John 1:12 and numerous other scriptural texts, provides a biblical perspective on these questions in this YouTube video entitled, “What the Bible Says about Accepting Jesus into Your Heart” –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQBduikVS5E

Dr. Malcolm Yarnell (Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Director of the Center for Theological Research, and Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Theology), provides a further discussion of these issues in this blog post about “Is It Biblical to Ask Jesus into Your Heart?” –

http://baptisttheologians.blogspot.com/2012/05/is-it-biblical-to-ask-jesus-into-your.html

Both of these respected theologians and preachers find plenty of biblical evidence that praying to “receive” Christ is not only allowed in Scripture, but is commanded in Scripture. What does your Bible say?