The reason people like the "sinner's prayer" is because that is the way the Evangelical Church has taught salvation for many years. The sinner's prayer is not Bibical, neither has it ever saved a single soul! It only has deceived many into thinking they are saved. Their salvation is built on "man's wisdom" and not in the power of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul taught salvation with these words, "repent and believe". Paul also says "faith comes from hearing".