Prayer For Confession Of Sin

O Holy One, we call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, and boundless in love. Yet there are times, O God, when we fail to recognize you in the dailyness of our lives. Sometimes shame clenches tightly around our hearts, and we hide our true feelings. Sometimes fear makes us small, and we miss the chance to speak from our strength. Sometimes doubt invades our hopefulness, and we degrade our own wisdom.

Holy God, in the daily round from sunrise to sunset, remind us again of your holy presence hovering near us and in us. Free us from shame and self-doubt. Help us to see you in the moment-by-moment possibilities to live honestly, to act courageously, and to speak from our wisdom.

Thank You, Father God, that I have not to attend a confessional box, or confess my sins to a priest or pastor, but that by Your grace I can come right into Your throne-room and confess my sins directly to You, for I am Your child and have been born into Your family and made a new creation in Christ.

Thank You my Father, that I have been saved and by grace I have been forgiven, for by Your grace I am a child of God, and by grace I have been granted access into Your very presence, to confess my sins before You on bended knee and to lift up my hand in holy worship for You alone are worthy.

Thank You, Lord, that I do not have to do penance, but that You have promised that if we confess our sins and wrong-doings to You, You are faithful and just to forgive us all our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thank You, Lord, that I may fly to Your feet when I have wronged You, in the knowledge that You are ready and willing to cleanse all those that seek You with a repentant heart, and a decision to walk worthy of our position in Christ Jesus.

Thank You for the freedom I have in You, and I pray that You would keep me from sin and deliver me from the temptation of sin, for I desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, to the praise of Your holy name.


Heavenly Father, my sins are as scarlet and my heart has been bloodied and bruised. I feel that I have lost the right to be called Your child. I have spent so much of my life pleasing myself with little concern for the feelings of others. I know that I have done so many things that are displeasing to You, but also I have not done anything that is right in Your eyes.

Lord, I confess my foolish pride and my selfishness and I ask for Your forgiveness. Lord, You promised in the Bible that even though my sins are scarlet, that You would wash them clean through the blood of Jesus Christ. Please forgive me Lord, for I know that in everything I have sinned against You and You alone.

Father, as I read through the parable of the prodigal son, I feel that like that prodigal, I have lost all right to be called Your child, and yet like the father in the story, You have bestowed on me over and above all that I could ask or imagine, and it is all an amazing gift of Your grace.

Thank You, Lord, for forgiving me and for remaining faithful to me, even when I became faithless and foolish towards You. Thank You that when I wandered far away, Your desire was for my penitent return into Your arms.

I pray that from this day forward and in Your strength I may learn to live the life that You would have me live, and behave towards You in a manner that honours Your glorious name. I ask this in Jesus' name,


Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Holy God, Father most gracious! Rebuke us not in your anger, nor chasten us in your wrath! Heal us from our sin, for we are troubled. Deliver us for the sake of your steadfast love. Our sins trouble us, 0 God. We are troubled by how they have hurt others. We are troubled by how they have hurt us. Your ways are right! 0 righteous God! and whenever we have refused to follow them we have found out how right they are. Have mercy on us, 0 God. Have mercy! Holy God, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Have mercy on us for the sake of your Son,

Who died to free us from our sins.

To you be honor and glory! Amen.

Sometimes the hardest part of Confession comes before we even receive the sacrament! It is common to feel anxious about going to Confession and to be ashamed of our sins. What is important to remember, however, is that going to Confession is like going to see a doctor. The more honest we are about what is wrong (whether it is being honest about our sins in confession or being honest about our symptoms with a doctor), the easier it will be for us to experience healing. Preparing well to go to Confession can help you not only make a good Confession, but also feel less anxious about going to Confession.

Modern society has lost a sense of sin. As a Catholic follower of Christ, I must make an effort to recognize sin in my daily actions, words and omissions.

The Gospels show how important is the forgiveness of our sins. Lives of saints prove that the person who grows in holiness has a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the Sacrament of Penance or Confession.

Dear God, all my life I have been running from You and pretending that I was good enough to get to heaven and that there was no need for me to worry about sin, because there are so many people who are worse sinners than me.
And yet, I realise that I am as much a sinner as every other person, and as much in need of a Saviour as every man or woman that has ever been born. I realise that all sin is equally bad in Your eyes and the punishment for sin is spiritual death and separation from You for all eternity.
Lord, I humbly kneel before You and confess my pride and foolishness, I admit I am a sinner in thought, word and deed and in desperate need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, as my Saviour.
Father, I confess that it is only through the blood of the Lord Jesus that my sins can be forgiven, for now I believe and know that Jesus Christ died to pay the price for my sins, to forgive me of my sins, to break the power of sin in my life and to clothe me in His righteousness. Thank You, Father, for this free gift of grace, and thank You for pursuing me when I was running from you in my pride. Thank You in Jesus' name,