Jesus offers a relationship with Him freely and lovingly. "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God..." (John 1:12). Just like any free gift, you must receive it for it to be really yours. So how did Jesus say we should receive this gift?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
He also said He is the only way to God. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
Jesus says that we must believe in Him to receive the salvation He offers. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’"” (John 7:37-38)
We can receive Jesus Christ by personally inviting Him into our lives. Jesus said, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in..." (Revelation 3:20)
Accepting Christ does not mean that your life will be easy. In fact, in Matthew 10:22, it says, “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”
But praying to accept Christ is the best thing you can do in your life. You may have light, momentary afflictions in this life (2 Corinthians 4:17-18), but Jesus provides something better for now, and for the life to come.