If you want a good Baptism Prayer, we have some examples you can use.
Baptism is an important step in a believer’s walk with Christ. After you have committed your life to Jesus, and He has saved you, baptism is an outward symbol of the inward change that He has made in you.
It is also a proclamation of your faith publicly, before your family and friends and before others believers.
Baptism is a biblical instruction for those who have professed their faith in Christ, and who have repented from their sin.
In Acts 2:38 we read Peter’s instruction, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
If you are preparing to get baptized soon, here are a few prayers to remind you of the meaning of baptism, and to encourage as you take this amazing step in your relationship with God.
1 Peter 3:21
“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”
When we are baptized, it is not the physical water that cleanses us of our sin. Rather, water baptism is meant to be a symbol for a work that Christ has done inwardly.
It is not the removal of dirt through the water that saves us, but the death that Christ has put to our sin, and the pledge of a clear conscience we now have before God.
Baptism symbolizes that we are in right standing with God, because we have believed in Christ and received forgiveness for our sins.
We no longer stand condemned before Him, but with a clear conscience because of Christ’s work on the cross for all those who believe in Him.
Thank You for Jesus. If it weren’t for His work on the cross, there would be no reason to celebrate. But I have much reason to celebrate today because of Christ’s finished work on the cross. Thank You for saving me and forgiving me of my sins.
Thank You for the opportunity to be baptized, and being able to display the work that You have done privately, publicly. Thank You that I get to stand before You with a clear conscience, and that I am no longer condemned but have received grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1 Corinthians 12:13
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
When we are first saved, God gives us His Holy Spirit. In a way, we are baptized with the Holy Spirit when we come to faith in Christ.
Once we are saved, we become a part of Christ’s body, which is the universal church (all believers across the world).
As you are physically baptized as a testimony of your faith in Christ, remember that you are now a part of a family.
Our ethnicities, careers, history, and personalities don’t divide us, for we all form one body and are all given one Spirit.
I am so thankful that You do not look at us the way the world looks at us. The world focuses on the outward appearance, and often divides because of the color of our skin, or our social standing. But You look beyond those things and You look at the heart. Before You, we all are sinners in need of grace.
Thank You that You have looked upon me and showered me with Your grace. Thank You that I get to be baptized by the same Spirit as everyone else who has received the gospel. Thank You for this new family in Christ. Help me to remember that we are all one in Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”
When we are baptized, the process of being placed under the water and being brought up again carries great significance.
It is a picture of the work that Christ has done at salvation.
As we get into the water, it symbolizes our old selves, before Christ. When we are immersed in water, it symbolizes death to ourselves and our sin.
That is why it speaks of being buried with Him in baptism.
As we are lowered into the water, there is a picture of being washed or cleansed, which is what Christ has done to those who believe in Him.
And as you are lifted out of the water, it symbolizes being raised with Christ from death.
There is a parallel made between our death to sin, and being raised to life in Christ, and Christ’s death on the cross, burial and rising.
Thank You for the gift of faith. In my own strength I cannot resist sin, but through You, I have put sin to death, and now have a new life in Christ. Thank You for the gift of baptism. I am so thankful that I get to make a public declaration of the private decision that I made to follow Christ.
Thank You that I get to be a part of His death and resurrection in a symbolic way. Please help me to stay faithful and accountable, and to truly live out my faith now, during, and after my baptism. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
“for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
The New Testament often uses the idea of putting on or taking off, to symbolize the way we ought to live.
Almost like a garment, we are called to put on the new self. For example, we are called to put on love, to wear it, to be enfolded by it.
But we are also instructed to take off, or put off our old selves like gossip, anger, malice, lust etc.
When we are clothed with Christ, we figuratively put on the qualities of Christ, so that the world can see Him through us.
This means that we allow Him to shape our lives and mold our hearts. This means that we become transformed by His word instead of conforming to the world.
Before Christ all I knew was being clothed in sin. It was my daily garment, and it stuck so close to me. Today, I just want to give You praise for opening up my eyes. Thank You for taking off that old, wretched garment, and clothing me in Your robes of righteousness.
As I prepare for baptism, I ask that You remind me of how You have cleansed me and made me new. Please help me to put off my flesh daily, and to put on Christ. As I grow in my faith, may Christ shine through more and more, and may my old self be put off. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
The great commission is Jesus’ final instruction to His disciples before He ascended into heaven.
He said go and make disciples .
In other words, share the gospel, and when someone responds in faith, disciple them.
But it doesn’t end there, He goes on to say, baptize them. Baptism is a part of Christ’s instruction to us.
Now that you are a disciple of Jesus, baptism is the next step. And this commission is something that you can live out too.
Father in Heaven,
Thank You for Jesus’ ministry on earth. Even though it was only three years, He accomplished all that You sent Him to do. Thank You that You did not leave us to wonder, but You gave us Your word to instruct us, teach us and change us.
Soon I will be baptized, just as You have instructed, and I am so thankful for the opportunity. Please help me to observe Your word, and to remember that You are with me, to the very end of the age. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”
I love this passage. This particular man, who is identified as a eunuch, heard the gospel and responded in faith.
And immediately after Philip looks at him and says, well, there’s water right here, why postpone your baptism?
Baptism is a beautiful declaration of what Christ has done in your heart, and there is no reason to wait, especially if the opportunity presents itself.
Thank You for this new life in Christ! I am so excited that I will be baptized soon, as a symbol of my faith and of what Christ has done in my life. Please help me to shake off any nerves that I have, and to remember that it is an honor to be able to do this. Bless be with me as I get baptized, and remind me of the new creation that I have become in Christ. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
It is such a privilege to be baptized! I pray that Your baptism will be a blessing and will be a light to others who see Christ’s work in your life.