Greetings from eastern Kentucky.
This is my experience of salvation:
At about the age of 12 years old, I heard the call of God and rejected his call. I wandered in sin for 11 years, always hearing that call but rejecting it. When I was 23 years old God called to me like never before and a fear set up in me that I can't describe. I felt as if a mountain had fallen on my shoulders I feel it was a mountain of sin. This mountain brought me to my knees, begging to be delivered from the sad state that I was in. He showed what a sorry individual I was blind, deaf and lame. When God showed me all of these things, I had to repent with a Godly sorrow; I had to travel through a trail of tears, begging to be delivered from the sinful state I was in. I worked myself out of works, begging with everything in me to be delivered. God let me realize that my works were as filthy rags in His sight. When I came to the end of my strength giving up my pride, God worked a work in me that no mortal man could work. He anointed my eyes so that I could see his work. He touched my ears so that I could hear His marvelous word. He touched my lameness and let me walk in his wondrous light. But most of all he resurrected me to a lively Hope in him. Praise be to God for his loving Grace that made me whole and set me free through the precious blood of the Christ. I thank him daily for the gift of life that he gave me through his beautiful Son. No preacher had to say repeat after me, No preacher had to say to me pray the sinnerís prayer. No man manipulated me into saying anything. God taught me how to pray. After God worked the work. I definitely had something to tell the church.
God draws, God teaches how we should pray, and most of all God Saves.