Check out this article in Christianity Today about the "Sinner's Prayer":
To sum up the author's point:
"Mediocrity and hypocrisy characterize the lives of many avowed Christians, at least in part because of our default answer to the salvation question. Anyone can, and most Americans do, "believe" in Jesus rather than some alternative savior. Anyone can, and many Americans sometimes do, say a prayer asking Jesus to save them. But not many embark on a life fully devoted to the love of God, the love of neighbor, the moral practice of God's will, and radical, costly discipleship."
Interesting timing because I had just listened to this Mike Erre message from Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa:
It is a great message and definitly worth your time. Mike Erre doesn't often give "altar calls" or pray the "sinner's prayer" after his messages, but he did this time and I am sure many lives will benefit from it.
My life has benefitted from praying the "sinner's prayer", and I like to think that my life has somewhat embarked "on a life fully devoted to the love of God, the love of neighbor, the moral practice of God's will, and radical, costly discipleship."
Can the "sinner's prayer" hurt? Thoughts?