EDIT: It would also be helpful for you to include in your response your definition and view of an "altar call." Is an altar call a Biblical mandate, merely a good idea, a bad idea, a detriment? Why or why not?
For some time now I've had a few posts drafted (namely on assurance of salvation and my personal testimony). I keep starting to compose them mentally, but it is impossible for me to write on either topic without addressing another topic - the sinner's prayer. Then I put the posts aside, because I'd rather not broach that topic. Without fail, though, I will come across more material related to my drafts, and I will feel a tug again that the posts need to be written. When I actually get those posts (perhaps merged into only one post) written, it will be obvious why the topic of the sinner's prayer is pertinent to the other topics. For now, though, I would be grateful if any or all of my blog readers would answer a simple question for me:
What is the sinner's prayer?
Please just respond with anywhere from a sentence or two, to a paragraph or two. Please cite any scripture that backs your answer, or indicate if you are giving your personal opinion, or if you are basing your answer on the practices of your church. I want to know how you have formed your view of the sinner's prayer. My intent is not to generate discussion within this post's comments; this is a survey, so please do not respond correcting anyone else's answer. If you have questions or objections, please wait until I follow up with another post.
My own testimony is closely linked to this question, so I do have personal reasons for asking this question. Thank you!